We the people from the tropics don't welcome summer as enthusiastically as people up north. Here's how I try to survive summer in the Dominican Republic.
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My favorite joke about our Dominican weather is that we only have two seasons: Summer and Hell. It’s a joke lost in translation, as “hell” in Spanish is just one letter from the word “winter”. We might be exaggerating just a tad.
Weather is the one subject used everywhere to start a conversation with strangers. If you’re sitting in a waiting room, leave politics and religion out, and you should never say “Licey is the best Dominican baseball team”. Some people simply can’t handle the truth.
We say that this is the hottest year of our lives every year, and now with climate change biting our heels, we’re -sadly- finally right.
One of my methods to survive summer in the country in the “same trajectory of the sun”, as the national bard put it, I have become something of an expert in what I call “lazy” cooking (see my favorite summer recipes here). That is, cooking dishes that don’t require long hours in the kitchen and one-pot meals.
Have any good ideas to survive summer, please DO share! Save an old lady from a heat stroke.