November 16

I forgot to post this after I wrote it. However, this day lives in infamy, so here is the post two weeks late, nevertheless.

November 16

This has got to be the warmest day I’ve experienced since moving to South America. I guess I was a little naïve to think that I would adjust to the heat completely. Certainly I’ve gotten used to some aspects of the weather here, and the heat isn’t particularly trying anymore, because it’s never anything new, but then a day like today rolls around and I’m reminded that I should never let my guard down. I stepped outside this morning at about 9:00 at the sun beating down on me was too much to bare. There was an extremely large and colorful caterpillar sitting on our doorstep, which caught my attention briefly, but then I realized that if I continued to stand in the sun without any sunscreen on, I would probably be burnt within a minute.

The heat is a reminder of how much closer we are to the sun here than on North America. One of our groups’ local friends says that Georgetown is so hot because there are constantly new (tall) buildings being built which block the breeze from cooling everything down. This place has nothing close to a skyscraper, but there are a good number of buildings that are three or four stories high. I can see how this would mess with the natural layout of the land. At this point, I’m sorry some of the buildings are so tall—it makes those of us who live on the ground level very sad on days like this.

Being in the direct sunlight is practically a death sentence at this point. The temperature is right around 90 degrees, as it always has been, but I bet the “feels like” temperature is likely around 100 degrees. It’s miserable; I don’t think I’ve ever felt truly stuck because of it being too hot outside. This isn’t like in America when you can run from your air-conditioned home to your air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned store, it’s too hot to go outside, too hot to walk to the park to sit under trees, to hot to make it to the seawall to soak up some of the breeze. Not to mention the fact that being in the sun on a cloudless day like this would likely turn me into a lobster.

That’s just one of the tricky parts of living here. I’d been told time and time again that the temperature would cool off by mid-October, but here we are in mid-November and it’s hotter than it has been yet.

One thought on “November 16

  1. In addition to blocking the breeze, the buildings also capture and retain heat. I think they call it the thermal island effect. Getting away from town (if you can) might help a bit. Also, if you have a spray bottle you might try that – after all you’re probably soaked with sweat anyway. We used to do that during soccer games in very hot humid weather. One last thing – if you can get a couple of ice cubes, put them in a wash rag and locate the cubes on the back of your neck. I found that very helpful on my last trip.

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