Take Shade: Escaping Extreme Heat in Ethiopia

A sense of realism pervades in Ethiopia. Resources are limited and cannot be frittered away lightly. Such is the lot of a developing nation.

With this in mind, it makes sense that practicality is also in evidence around the country. If it’s cold, wear something warm. If it’s wet, try and stay dry. And if it’s hot then find shade wherever possible.

This latter point is particularly poignant in a country where temperatures topping 50 degrees are a regular occurrence. The heat is stifling, to the point it barely registers on any accepted human scale. Mirages are commonplace and in many places – Dallol, the Danokil Depression – the landscape takes on hellish, miasmic quality. Ethiopia is home to some of the planet’s most alien environments.

Which is why an umbrella comes in handy. There’s no need for ostentation when all that’s required is a touch of cover. Something to deflect the incessant of an infallible sun and stave off the terminal threat of heat exhaustion. Extreme heat is a discombobulating animal and can cause serious damage if left unabated.

Instead, take the practical choice. Find cover in the simplest places and make use of whatever means are available. The heat in Ethiopia is extreme, but not judgemental.

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