Before I moved my life to Niger, I knew it would be hot here. But I wasn't really able to comprehend what 'Sahara Hot' means . . . until I experienced it firsthand.
So, for those of you who call 'home' somewhere other than our little pocket of the world, here's a little checklist to help you know for sure that Hot Season has arrived:
YOU KNOW IT'S HOT SEASON WHEN . . .
- a well balanced diet consists of mango smoothies, iced coffee and ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution).
- any side-of-the-bed you get out on is the wrong side.
- you describe 105F/40C as a 'cooler' day.
- Jell-o taken out of the fridge at 9pm has returned to it's liquid state by 10pm.
- you say 'cranky', I say 'good mood'.
- showering three or four times a day is normal.
- dress-code for 'behind closed doors' is pretty much: clothing optional.
- power cuts are as frequent as the calls to prayer.
- butter melts at room temperature.
- 'sweaty' is the new black.
- everything's a little better after nap-time.
- you can steep a cup of tea with tap-water.
- when hanging laundry on the line, the first shirt is dry as the last one is being hung up.
- you choose your seat in church based on the location of the overhead fans (even if that means you can't hear anything).
- even the Nigeriens find a shady place to lay down and take a nap.