2. Then the heat wave started. We got temperatures we never had since 1901 !! We went from 30°C (86 F) to nearly 40° (104 F) ! We are not equipped at all for such a heat and I don't know anybody who has an air conditioning in his house ! Only shopping malls and supermarkets and some other stores have it and most of the cars are equipped with it too.
3. After having done some shopping in a fortunately cool supermarket, I bought a pair of white sandals, before I returned home ! For a moment I thought I should drive around in my car the whole day and keep cool !
This collage resumes the following days. I had moved my computer on the terrace, digged out our ventilator which we hadn't used for ages, and made myself as comfortable as possible. The best thing was not to move ! The cats lay around exhausted wherever I went or inside on the cool tiles or outside in a shady place.
We ate noodle or rice salad the whole week and after a movie on TV I stayed on a deck chair in my nighty and read until I nearly fell asleep and I dragged myself into my bed.
On TV we got informations all the time what to do and how to behave in this so unusual heat.
5. The highlight of the week was the invitation to a cocktail of the mayoress of Waterloo. She and the people who had organized the bicentenary of the Waterloo had invited all volunteers to thank us.
She is a very attractive and very friendly person and her "Thank you" speech was full of humor.
Around drinks and snacks we chatted and each of us told the most funniest experiences they had made with all these tourists. All in all it turned out that the tourists from all countries (UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Russia) had been very friendly and patient despite the not so good organized transport to the Lion, except the French and Chinese !
We all had a very nice time and are ready for the next work as volunteers !
and this is the official photo which was published in the Newspaper.
more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.