Friday, March 22, 2013

that thing called hot season..

Life is moving at quite the rapid pace in these parts. By that, I mean we are moving at high speed..right into hot season. 

When I arrived in West Africa in October, it was in the middle of the "mini" hot season. I didn't know exactly what "mini" meant, but I did know that 2 showers a day didn't suffice. (gross? sorry) However, I survived and am now gearing up for the REAL hot season. Every time I go visit a friend, her mother always asks if I think it's hot. When I tell her yes, she just looks at me and says, "April's coming.." I can't lie-I'm a little intimidated by that phrase.

Some of you may ask, "Well, how hot is hot season?" I think the best way to answer this is to show you. I bought these chocolate chips at the grocery store the other day, and when I got home I realized they had morphed into a chocolate chunk. (Granted, I live 3 hours away from said grocery store, but still..) They also melted in my hand as I was trying to salvage the few "chips" I could get to.


 However, this time of year has a few perks that look a lot like this..

Any season where we can go to the beach with a few friends is a good season to me. It's a bonus if we only have to drive 5 minutes to get to the beach. Which is how it goes when you live on the Western coast of Africa. 

They actually harvest salt in the waterways that surround our town. I didn't even know salt harvesting was a thing, but then again, I've never given a huge amount of my time to thinking about salt. However, because of this, we didn't even have to exert energy swimming. We were able to just lay in the water and float. Who needs facials or pedicures when you have sand and salty water? Exfoliation at it's finest, folks.This trip was also preceded by lunch at a friends house. So, local food plus a swimming day? And they said that hot season was bad.. 

If the days continue to look like this, I think I'm ready for it.

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