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From Hot Ghana Sweat to Giant Snow Banks, a Year Apart

Snow-enveloped cars in Boston.
Snow-enveloped cars in Boston today.

It is difficult to write this because the heat has been broken in my apartment for five hours, and my bones (finger-bones included) are now ice-encrusted.

Maybe you’ve heard: we’ve had a liiiittle bit of winter weather here in Boston lately! What has it been: 6 giant blizzards in 6 weeks? 8 feet of snow total? Who knows. All I do know for sure is that we’ve had 5 Snow Days which closed schools, and there are hundreds of igloo-ed cars like the ones in the photo to the left nestled around Boston!

Cars? Snow banks? Animals?
Cars? Snow banks? Animals?

I bring this up now because I just laughed aloud, realizing: exactly a year ago (from January to March), I was in 110-degree, sticky-hot, sweaty Ghana… moaning about how I was frying up!

And so, if you want a good laugh from contrast, pop over to these two articles from January and February of 2010, a year and a vast ocean away:

Heat and Development in Ghana (where I ponder if the exhaustion one feels in super-hot climates impacted history and economics)…

…and Power Outages and the Power of Patience in Ghana (in which I describe the agony of the heat you feel in Ghana when the power goes out and the fans stop spinning… and the lesson my students in Ghana taught me from this).

Leave comments, ask questions, share your stories and insights, and laugh your rear off at this fragile human body we have, which we try so hard (and sometimes so ineffectually) to protect from the brutal elements!

“When is the mechanic going to fix my heat??” I just asked my landlord of the phone.

“Well,” he replied, “you’ll know it’s fixed when it’s not cold anymore.”


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Brendan B.

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

That must have been an insane transition. You must have been freezing!

Daniel G

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

You're right! Our winters are crazy in New England. Though I've never been to Ghana to compare it.

Jennie V.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

It must have been hard to live through the shivering cold and the scorching heat, but since you've experienced both, which would you prefer if you had to pick from the two choices? What did you do with the 5 extra days off?

Tatiana C

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

This is how I feel in the summer time. It get's really hot in my house during summer. But during winter I can't wait until it's summer. But your trip sounds relaxing. And sounds like you enjoyed your time in Ghana.

Amanda N.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

I like how you compare the weather in Boston and Ghana. Great article!

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