Feeling the heat

2 May

“Good morning is a contradiction of terms”

~ Jim Davis

It’s 7:35am and already it’s 22 degrees heading towards the day’s top of 30. Like most taxis, your driver’s car doesn’t have air conditioning. As you sit in traffic that is at a horn-honking standstill you can feel sweat start to pool wherever your bare arms touch the synthetic material of your bag.

A huge truck idles in front of you belching black fumes. You shift uncomfortably in your seat and wonder how long it takes to be poisoned by carbon monoxide. Your taxi driver starts honking his horn, but it’s a futile gesture; you’re not going anywhere fast. Or anywhere slowly for that matter.

Welcome to peak hour traffic in Tegucigalpa, folks!

Last night’s ‘low’ of 18 degrees made it difficult to sleep, so I’m overtired and cranky before the day has even started. I arrived at the office feeling like I needed a second shower and with the beginnings of a headache.

At least today we’re heading towards 30 degrees. That makes a nice change.

I’d almost stopped looking at the forecast because for the past few weeks every day it was 32 degrees. Sometimes a sunny 32 degrees, sometimes a dreary 32 degrees, sometimes an intermittent clouds 32 degrees, but always 32 freaking degrees.

I’m not sure if the two-degree difference will be noticeable, but there’s always hope. The rains are meant to start in May and with them come cooler temperatures. I can’t wait. I’ve never been a fan of the heat and Honduras hasn’t changed that.

My first task at work each day is to compile our media summary. This involves looking at all six major news websites for articles about children’s rights, development, education and protection etc. and compiling them into an online newsletter.

Scanning all the news sites means that I’m always well-informed about the latest happenings in the country. This is not necessarily a good thing. One of my host-mum’s friends says that she doesn’t read the newspaper here because she finds it too depressing.

Today on the front page of just one of the newspapers I scan (La Tribuna) were the following stories:

That´s a fairly standard morning’s news. If it’s been a particularly bad 24 hours, sometimes they roll all the homicides into one article. For example: 17 people killed on Sunday. (Sadly, that’s a true statistic from a couple of Sundays ago.)

It makes for a cheerful start to the day.

Now where’s my coffee? I need a hit of caffeine, aka anti-cranky juice!

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2 Responses to “Feeling the heat”

  1. shamsplanet May 3, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    sounds like every city in Central America: hot, traffic, homicides

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