Recently, many places in the United States are experiencing the unpredictability of a weather phenomenon called El Niño. The western states are experiencing on and off heavy rains. The eastern part of the United States is currently experiencing heavy snowfall and there is more to come. Weather patterns like this can make it always impossible for people to travel. Rain and snow allows very little option to travel to far-flung places which causes flight to get delayed or worse canceled.
But this should not discourage anyone to go places. Depending on how heavy and severe the weather could be, this is also a great opportunity to check out various places in your home town or city especially those you’ve never seen before. Here are some suggestions on how you can discover your hometown or city at the same time sheltering yourself from the rain and snow.
Check out a Museum:
Get the culture-vulture out of you! One day while in Munich, I woke up one morning looked out the window and saw rain pouring. I wanted to go to an outdoor landmark for that day but that quickly had to change my plans because of the weather. I remembered seeing somewhere that the Royal Palace of the Wittelsbach (the palace of the Bavarian royal family) called the Residenz is now a museum and open to the public. It is also just two subway stations away from my hotel.
I spent almost all morning at the Residenz admiring the exhibits especially the crown jewels of Wittelsbach from medieval times to the jewels of the female members of the royal family and court wore in the 18th and 19th centuries. There were other bejeweled items on display such as the small statue of St. George slaying the dragon. I also found myself in awe of the Antiquarium with the busts of various Roman emperors displayed, the Ancestral gallery gilded in gold in the Baroque-style, the throne room complete with throne under a canopy, the Grottenhof decorated with seashells and statues of mythical sea creatures, among others. But the time I was done with the museum, the rain had stopped and I manage to find the palace garden and decided to rest my feet in the Hofgarten temple not far from the fountain. The rest of the day was clear and the sun finally came out. I was very glad I decided not to waste my time sulking at my hotel room that morning and venture out to the city.
Take or Sign Up for Cooking Classes:
Nowadays, we can pretty much predict the weather for days by simply checking the weather forecast online. One way to shelter yourself from rain or snow at the same time make the most of your day is to sign up for a cooking class. This would require some advance planning on your part. Almost every big city in the world would have a few places where they offer cooking lesson. In some major cities, outdoor markets are open rain or shine. You can always go online and do a search of local cooking class offering local food and specialties. This is always a great way to familiarize yourself with local cuisine and meet people at the same time keeping yourself dry and warm by standing next to a hot stove or oven. The best part of this experience is you get to eat your work too.
Go to Church or Temple:
Praise the lord for these places! Many churches and temples particularly in Europe and Asia were built like works of art that people would flock to these places not to worship but to visit and see the exquisitely designed altars, statues, paintings, murals, ornaments and reliquaries. Some of these items are works of famous artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini that it is worth seeing and must not be missed. These places of worship also have mausoleums and crypts where royalty, nobility and important people are interred. Some good examples of such churches are Westminster Abbey or the Vatican. These places are truly a site to see.
People-watch at a Local Café:
This is probably the “laziest” suggestion I have ever given by far but it could be interesting. You will be amazed by what you will see if you decided to slow down for a bit, sit back, have some coffee and pastry at a café and watch the world go by. This is also a good way to observe the local culture of the place and perhaps chat with the locals. People-watching had been perfected by the French and other Europeans for decades. The café culture actually started in Europe more than two centuries ago and they are still at it. This is also a good time to savor local delicacies, rest your feet, plan your next trip and perhaps write a few notes on your journal. But best of all, relax and stop thinking about work. After all, you’re on vacation.
To most people, weather such as rain and snow can be very discouraging. We must also remember to take precaution and be aware of our surrounding as some of these weather patterns can be dangerous. When traveling however, we must not waste our time by doing nothing and staying at our hotel room if the weather is manageable enough. You paid a good amount of money to go to this place you might as well get your money’s worth by seeing as much as you can of the place. Even if you are not into museums, churches and cooking, you’ll have amazing stories to tell envious friends and family at home.