Julianne and I arrived in Changsha at the beginning of last September and supposedly missed the worst of the heat and humidity . . . but it looks like we’re going to get a taste of it before we leave in July with the way things are going!
Right now the temperature is 34°C, Feels like: 42° . . . Ohhhhh . . .
We went out this morning around 11am to grab an early lunch and while we were only outside for about forty-five minutes by the time we got back we needed showers. Basically, if you go outside you get to have a ‘perma-glisten-of-sweat’ coating your body within minutes . . . nice.
I wanted to go back to Martyr’s Park to shoot more of the lotus blossoms but decided the air-conditioned apartment was a much nicer place to spend the day. I might try going early tomorrow morning but the humidity is so high that it really doesn’t make a difference what time od day you go outside and how high the temperature is–if you go outside you sweat.
The only other place I’ve experienced this kind of heat and humidity–actually it was worse, but not by a whole lot–was when I went to Jamaica as a teenager in August with a youth group to paint a school and build a house. I remember that stepping out of the air-conditioned plane into the summer heat and humidity of Jamaica was, as I put it at the time, ‘like stepping into a bowl of steaming hot soup.’ I’d never experienced anything like it back in Canada and that memory will be with me forever.
Changsha might just put itself up there for a close second place–or maybe even a tie, who knows?
Now the question for tonight is how badly Julianne and I want Chinese food (we haven’t eaten it for a few days and want some) versus how badly we want to avoid the heat and humidity outside.
We’re going to go out. I just hope the restaurant has some air conditioning on!!!