"Africa! Africa? Boy, it's going to be hot there," is a rather natural response when someone hears that we're traveling to Tanzania. It is true that we will be within five degrees of the equator, on the south side, meaning that it's literally winter there equivalent to our late February. However, we are at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro and the forecast is for highs of 80, 80, 80 and 80 for the next week instead of 102 for today in Portland, 100 tomorrow and then dropping to 80, 80, and 80 in about four days.
Sunrise is monotonously predictable in this area, as are sunsets: 6:00AM and 6:00PM year round. The shock goes both ways for those coming from Tanzania to a part of the world where the sunrises and sunsets vary up to 10:00PM and 4:00AM; and for those coming from areas where the day's lengths vary along with sunrises and sunsets to a place where there is no noticeable variation.
For those of you who wish to continue to feel connected, as you watch the sun shine down on you at 8:00 in the morning, know that we are probably taking picture of the same sun at sunset of the same day.
We are hours from heading to the airport to escape this heat. Drink lots of water and stay in the shade.