Friday, July 3, 2015
july heat wave moon
July starts with a heat wave here in Germany. "Extreme temperatures," warns the weather forecast. Tropical nights. Blazing sunny skies. The best time to enjoy the weather is in the evening, when you can sit outside until midnight, and watch the moon and the skies in a warm breeze, something that is unusual for these regions.
The heat reminded me of this short flash story I wrote in another summer, with the same heat, while it was world soccer cup in South Africa:
It was the summer of vuvuzelas. The ball rolled on and on, down there in the South of Africa, between all those countries of the world. Huge screens glowed in the night, green reflections of success and failure.
Then suddenly, it was over. The TV channels returned to their normal daily and weekly schedules. The heat kept lingering, though. It turned lawns into patches of prairie: yellow and stubby the grass stood, as if waiting for antelopes and hyenas. Still hesitant, you went, and bought one of the last vuvuzelas on sale, and we finally learned to do the rain dance.
More skies from around the world: skywatch friday