A rainy night in Tobago, up in the thick green tropics of Mount St George, wasn’t quite the soothing experience I imagined it would be.
There’s a noticeable trend for metal roofs in Tobago, roofs that have that crinkle corrugated effect – so when the rain pelts down at night, you know about it.
A dramatic awakening
Not even the deepest sleeper could have slept through the roar of raindrops against that metal roof in the middle of the night.
A spray of bullets in a war zone, or stones being dropped from above? No, just a rainy night!
Tropical downpours are not known for being mediocre, oh no – they’re forceful, loud and dramatic but this roof made it doubly dramatic.
Confused and on high alert for a few seconds, I shoot up from my pillow before realising its just ‘crazy’ raining outside.
It certainly caught me off guard since this was the first rainy night during my stay.
I climb out of bed and wander over to window – peeping out to confirm what I’m hearing.
Outside is pitch black, and the back of the house is surrounded by thick forest, tall trees packed tightly together, deep and leafy – there’s nothing to see in the dead of night.
Up on a mountain slope, surrounded by thick forest meant we probably got more rain where we were, than those sleeping further down the mountain at sea level.
Zillions of raindrops drill down on that metal roof, and buckets of water are being poured down past the bedroom window without any let up; that’s what it sounded like.
Rain is thought to create a sound similar to ‘white noise’ producing a calming effect; this might well be true when it’s not hitting a metal roof from a great height, dragging you out of your sleep!!
The plants were probably happy about it though!!