hot, Hot, HOT!
One may think that being a tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean that all of Madagascar is hot. However, Madagascar is in fact the 4th largest island in the world and therefore the climate can be drastically different. Since we’re below the equator, our seasons are reversed from most of you, so currently it’s summer and we’re in the midst of the hot and rainy season. Yet where we’ve been living on the high plateau region, the days are wonderfully mild in temperature and the nights, just a little cool. This week, we traveled 13 hours to Mahajanga, on the northwest coast, to scout out potential houses for when we make our final move here in July. In this part of the island, it’s HOT all year round. March, may in fact be one of the hottest months as we’re ending the rainy season and so it’s still incredibly muggy but we’re still in the hot season. Yesterday, it was 102 degrees with a 73% humidity factor. YUCK! Jamie has always teased me that being a Santa Barbara girl where the weather is always mild without extremes in either direction, that my thermostat is broken for life…. i.e. 74 degrees is too cold and 78 degrees is too hot. Sounds about right to me! So you can only imagine how oppressive this drastic temperature change is for all of us, especially without the luxury of air conditioning! To give a few examples of this crazy heat… all three kids have intense heat rash, we’re sweating from places we didn’t even know we had sweat glands, we’re extremely thankful to only have cold showers and use them at least 3 times a day, and sometimes it takes every ounce of willpower to just move away from the fan in order to get more important things accomplished! I’m not sure how we’re going to withstand this heat when we move back in July. Somehow we managed it before… but we need to start praying now for a change in our internal thermostats.