When desert air is humid:
1. Slog, don't jog.
2. Cover your knees and shoulders (remember you're in Doha).
3. Bring water, duh.
4. Expect to sweat (wear inappropriate absorbent attire under tee).
5. Sunglasses necessary.
6. Carry a towel.
Because it's not just "hot." It's not just "humid." It's breathing melted cheese while jogging underwater inside a sauna. It's a Phoenix, Arizona summer cuddled up to a Riverside, California smog alert. Really, you shouldn't be outside at all when the air is this thick. A few things about 86% humidity:
- air is heavy, tangible, thick, wet: 99 fahrenheit with humidity equals 128 "real feel" degrees
- water blankets the city, shrouds the skyline, fills lungs
- moisture streaks windows, waterfalls to pavement, creates moats
- soaked cotton glues to skin, burps when tugged
- air pudding coats lung lining like cake batter in a bowl...complicates breathing
- slippery skin glistens with drops drip-drip-dripping from nose-elbow-fingertips (ick)
- enter a cold space and sweat crystalizes, flakes to the floor like summer snow (double ick)
- puddles form on concrete, ears clog, glasses and phones fog
- the world is a heady mix of locker room and air freshener - a sweet, acrid, salty perfume
This is the time of year that loosely worn abayas, dishdashas and gallabeas make sense. Strangely, the more you wear the more comfortable you are: skin is sun protected, a
ir moves, sweat dries, stains don't show.
As long as you spend most of the day...indoors.
Uh, shouldn't those sunglasses be on your face rather than your head?
photo op, baby! :)
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