Ask anyone around here - it's been a long hot summer. From mid-July until last Friday, daytime highs rarely dipped below 35ºC (95ºF) and all too often hit 40ºC+ (104ºF). Anyone seen the movie 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'? I lived to tell the tale thanks to...
Dips in the pool - forcing my overheated limbs down the dusty track in blinding sunlight took some effort. But as soon as I slipped into the blue shell of the Los Piedaos pool and the cool water slipped past me, I was rewarded. The pool is fringed with white oleander that smells of marzipan and honey, and clear water rushes out of the friendly lion's mouth. I shall miss him.
Sometimes I'd try the big pool at Puerta de la Alpujarra chalet centre next door. Often at lunchtime I had it all to myself, surrounded by whispering trees and with the mighty grey Sierra Lujar to gaze at as I counted off the lengths. The routine never varied - swim, sunbathe, absorb coffee, water, ciggies and Spanish on my i-Pod. Dreamy.
Iced tea - in the States this can involve a lot of sugar and sometimes exotic flavours. We take ours straight - chilled Yorkshire tea over lots of ice and a slice of lemon. Great alternative to the zombifying blend of alcohol and sunshine.
Afternoon siesta - Every afternoon around 3 pm I swore I wouldn't, then I did. An hour on the sofa with some easy reading and 20 minutes' sleep was vital. Even if I did wake up grumpy and grunty...
Going underground - too hot to talk; too hot to cook; too hot to go out or have friends in. We simply lay low and watched far too much TV. I recommend it.
I hope your summer was as lazy and pleasant as mine. What are your top tips for surviving the sweaty season in Granada region? Let me know so I can add to my list!