By Ann & Jon Cinnamon
As we sweltered through the worst heat wave and drought of our lifetime recently, it made us think of places in the world that we have visited where it was even hotter. Keep in mind, too, that many of these places are always hot with little escape and little air conditioning. So, in honor of this sweaty summer season, we’ve come up with the top 5 places that are hotter than this summer in Indiana.
5. Rome, Italy – One year in late June we set out on foot to check out the sites as we usually do. After walking a very long distance from our hotel near the Spanish Steps all the way to the Coliseum and the Roman Forum on an extremely hot day, we realized that we had to get back to our starting point and we were beat from the heat. The Rome subway system is not the most convenient and we never give in and take a taxi, so we sucked it up and walked back.
4. Egypt – Just about anywhere in Egypt is hot. One June we visited the Valley of the Kings and other ancient sites in that area and the sun was beating down on us with absolutely no relief and nowhere to go to get cool. The souvenir hawkers were selling paper fans to tourists who were eagerly snapping them up.
3. India – A mention of that country’s name and likely two words pop into your head: “crowded” and “hot” and you would be right. If you look closely at our pictures from the Taj Mahal you will see sweat pouring down our faces.
2. Peru/Amazon – We spent several nights at an eco-lodge in the Amazon jungle in February. It was so hot as we paddled across a tributary in a metal boat we felt like fish baking on a grill. Then after a hike of several miles to get to our quarters, we found that there was only electricity for a couple of hours per day in the lodge, meaning no air conditioning!
1. Cambodia – The heat was so bad during our trip to Ankgor Wat that it has led to a regular reference in our lexicon. When we are extremely hot, we call it “Cambodia hot”. Our driver would greet us with iced bottles of water and icy cold wet naps when we returned to the car from a visit to one of the temples. A wet nap never felt so good before!
All of these trips were amazing. The point is that as we suffer from the heat here, keep in mind that other parts of the world deal with it as a way of life.
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