After eight years away, this is my first summer in the Sunshine State. I find in humorous how memories and perception can full us into remembering differently than how things actually exist. I always remembered Florida as being miserably hot and humid in the summer. So hot, that we would avoid spending a lot time outside for fear of overheating.
Well, after multiple summers in Tokyo, I would say that Florida has met its’ heat index match. Tokyo summers are humid and relentless. From the minute you step out into the thick, muggy heat, the sweat is pouring down your face and your clothes are sticking to your body. Surviving summer’s in Japan requires the skill of honing in on all the shady spots around the buildings, especially when you are waiting at a crosswalk. Also, it is good to have a heat survival pack, which includes handkerchiefs for the sweat, fan to the air, parasol to block the sun and lots of water to rehydrate.