SENEGAL NEWS NO. 2

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I'm sitting under the fan, and yesterday I was forced to buy a portable air-conditioner. Usually you can get up to about 33° Celsius as a max, and humidity is quite low. But this year everything seems different (this is no discussion about climate change, though....), we get a constant 34 to 39 degrees, and humidity is up to 80%. Reminds me of Cameroon, only hotter....this means that between 11am and 6pm I'm not going anywhere but, thanks to the newly installed WiFi, we're able to work at home quietly and avoid a potential heart attack - at least me.

 

Work is pretty slow, though, but it's not our fault. For example yesterday I asked a contact in Nigeria for a quotation on regular shipments of potatoes from Nigeria to Senegal, quote in Euro, transport specification confirmation, and CIF Dakar. All I got after a week in waiting was a hastefully produced Excel sheet with no more info than the amounts in Nigerian Naira and the hint that over there they don't care for such "administrative details".

 

Pretty frustrating. But well, one has to cope with it, go on and find another supplier who better knows his trade.

 

Otherwise everything is going fine, political situation is stable, the weather as described, and when one is in no hurry he's in the right place here. No stress is the motto, and personal contact is way more important than any sort of business meeting where nothing but business is discussed. When one gets over here and has a strictly planned schedule in mind, he better forget that as soon as he leaves the airport.

 

So while I keep sweating I wish you all a nice weekend, wherever you are :-)

Comments

Stephen Hunter Added Oct 12, 2018 - 1:39pm
Wow this is totally cool Stone! I can feel what it would be like being there, enduring the heat and trying to make stuff happen. Keep on rockin!
Stone-Eater Added Oct 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
Thanks Stephen. At this time 1am it's still 34 degrees. Amazing.
Katharine Otto Added Oct 12, 2018 - 9:49pm
Stone,
I figure that 34 degrees Centigrade is about 85+ degrees Fahrenheit, which is what it has been here, but we have high humidity.  Today has been the coolest we've had in months, around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  Maybe fall is finally arriving.  The humidity has been more bothersome than the heat.  
 
What about mosquitoes?  
Stone-Eater Added Oct 13, 2018 - 7:56am
Katharine
 
Not too many compared to the tropics. The climate here is semi-aride, that humidity is quite exceptional. I prefer dry heat - even 45 Celsius would be no problem.
 
But we're organized. The house is built with banco clay, which keeps the heat out during daytime ... at least partly.
Michael B. Added Oct 13, 2018 - 8:24am
"administrative details".
 
LOL. And to think, I could have gotten a job in Angola a couple of years ago! Anyway, believe it or not, glad you're OK there Stone!
Stone-Eater Added Oct 13, 2018 - 5:15pm
Michael
 
LOL Thanks. I do my best not to die prematurely :)

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