A Travel Blog by Adam Goot, International Studies major, IU Peer Coach, Cox Scholar
I’m not a religious person – but the man upstairs was active last night. It rains occasionally in South Africa during the summer, but the country is experiencing one of the worst droughts in over 100 years. February is also the driest and hottest month in Cape Town. But in the middle of Ultra music festival, a giant EDM concert, it started to drizzle. Slowly it turned into a steady rain. To me, the rain was symbolic of the collective effort the people in this country have taken to end the drought. Signs are posted everywhere to save water. Everyone must keep showers under two minutes. People are paid to stand outside public restrooms to squirt hand sanitizer so sinks aren’t used. Some public sinks are completely turned off. If it’s yellow, we let it mellow.
So when it started pouring as AfroJack walked on stage, it was like some unexpected good karma coming back to the people of Cape Town. A few minutes later, AfroJack stopped mid-song to point out the giant rainbow that appeared above the stadium.
Whether it was karma, the man upstairs, or just coincidental, the rain relief and AfroJack combination made it a magical night.
I’ll remember that night for a long time.