Visiting Taiwan was as much an eye-opening experience as it was a learning one. You’ll see in the photographs below the streets are filled with people going somewhere and doing something in spite of the rain. Where I come from, people stay home or run to the nearest shelter as soon it starts to drizzle and by the time it starts to pour, the streets become deserted save for cars (because for obvious reasons, people stay dry in them). I love rain — heavy and light — because I’ve always found that vertically falling water adds that extra bit of character to life. Not being one to shy away from photographing in the rain, I continued taking pictures of interesting moments that unfolded. The lesson I learned: I battled rain drops smudging the lens by constantly wiping it clean with a HOYA Pro lens cloth. This inconvenience would have been prevented if I had brought along a lens hood but that’s an inconvenience in itself.