¡Qué Calor!

Spanish word of the moment: calor, meaning heat. In Madrid, we’ve been experiencing an ola de calor, or heat wave. Temperatures have reached 38 C, 100 F, with no relief in sight. I know you sevillanos have us beat, but my mother used to say if there was one thing I hated, it was being hot. And sweating. Nowadays I don’t mind sweating that much—except at night. Is there anything less conducive to a good night’s rest than beads of sweat rolling down your back?

How to beat the heat (without central air)?

Fans, fans, fans.

Dog Fan

We have a large, industrial-size fan here. It was here when we moved in. Now I’m finding out why!

Buy yourself a pingüino.

Pingüino Aire Acondicionado

No, I’m not talking about the animal, although they are cute. I don’t really know why, but the nickname here in Spain for a portable air conditioner is pingüino.

Spray yourself.

Spray Bottle

I headed down to the nearest chino (your go-to-for-everything store, usually run by people from China) and bought myself a €0.90 spray bottle. I fill it up with cold water and spray myself every so often.

Head to a pool.

If you are not one of the lucky ones who has a pool in their apartment complex, there are public pools in Madrid.

Do not cook. Ever.

Since the school year is over, I have more free time. And since I’m abandoning Mario for a while in order to see my family, I decided to fulfill all stereotypes and cook him so food to freeze. (Mario often works from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and thus cannot go to grocery stores in Spain, since they are not open at those times). But this makes you hotter and hotter, and cooking while sweating is not relaxing.

Eat well.

Gazpacho Andaluz

Source: Spanish Sabores

Spain is known for its gazpacho, and gazpacho is a great way to use delicious summer tomatoes. Check out my fellow blogger’s gazpacho recipe. Some other great Spanish dishes include salmorejo, ajoblanco, escabeches, and mojete, among many more.

Cold showers.

Self explanatory.

I’m headed home on July 11, but not before Mario and I celebrate our first wedding anniversary this weekend! Can you believe it’s already been a year?

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5 comments

  1. I guess it kind of does look like a penguin… if you squint a little?? haha
    I’m getting to Madrid on August 28th. I’m sure it won’t be quite so hot then. And then I’m off to Alicante until Dec. I hope I do get hot weather though… just not that hot!!

  2. When I did my study abroad in Madrid and I remember it being like 42 C for what seemed like forever. I still have a scar from hanging out the window just to catch a quick breeze. What memories! :o)
    Happy Anniversary!!!

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