Friday, August 22, 2008

You know you are in Honduras...Que Calor!

It's HOT!

You KNOW it's hot when the nationals are complaining about how hot it is! This week has been sweltering. And like the Eskimos have many names for snow, Costa Rica has many names for rain, there really isn't a need to have numerous names for heat - it's just plain hot!!!

You know you are in Honduras when you shop in the dark. I was in the grocery store today and all the electricity went out. The generators kicked in fairly quickly, but obviously it only provides electricity to important things - refrigeration/freezers/cashier. So - like every other Honduran in the store, we all just continued shopping trying to squint our eyes and see the items on the shelf that we needed. This is not an unusual occurrence, so no one even commented. :-) This happened three times while I was there - each time the electricity was out for about 10 minutes each. It is SO HOT here, with such a high humidity, that electricity is a premium. Because of that, we do not have A/C in our home - it's just TOO expensive! Try paying a third of your monthly income to electricity - not a possibility. So - we live under fans while we are at home - and like we had heard it would be - we have become accustomed to the heat. I won't say we like it - but it's better than we we first got here. I can't tell you how many times we have heard from our friends around the states - "oh yeah - it's that hot here too" -'s one thing being in the U.S. with those conditions in a home with A/C, cars with A/C, and every store with A/C. It's a whole other situation in a 3rd world country where only the malls and BIG stores have A/C. But - God made our bodies smart - and we sweat - drink a lot of water - and love our fans :-)


Zoe said...

Same month, closer to the equator, but I am wearing long johns and 3 shirts with a scarf around my neck and blanket accross my lap and hot coco in my hand. Go figure

crackers and cheese said...

I studied abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico one summer, and since it was a mountain town, you didn't need air conditioning at all. But I remember one day, after several weeks of no AC, walking into a government building and being blasted with cold air! It was a strange experience, as I didn't even miss it and had hardly noticed that it was gone.

But it sounds like you guys really do notice the lack of AC in Honduras! Keep enjoying those fans!