It is almost 1 am, everyone has gone to bed, it is still 30 degrees celsius and I am writing a message to my girlfriend from my hammock on the balcony here in Rio.
“Oh god, I think I forgot what real heat was. And I’ve always been so fortunate to be able to escape from it whenever I wanted before through A/C. It’s the hottest day of the year here, and with my bit of a sunburn from today the sweat is not stopping pouring down my face as I’m lying in my hammock outside with a wet towel, it’s so hot and there is zero air, completely still. It’s the kind of heat and humidity where it feels like you’re on the verge to panicking (hence the wet towel).”
I eventually passed out anyway, but this is one thing I did not properly think about before choosing to come to Rio to work in peak summer. There is no A/C in this apartment so everyone is constantly sweating. Heat itself is of course a challenge to stay focused throughout the day, but even more importantly what I am afraid of is sleep. That’s the fundamental base for everything. If I don’t get proper rest I won’t be able to do much at all. I think right now the temperature is extreme though and my body is probably still adapting, so let’s see. For some reason, this was one expectation I left out before coming here.
All love and no fear,