Bujumbura

Bujumbura is the economic capital of Burundi. Until January of this year it was also the political capital, but that has been moved to Gitega. Bujumbura is the most urban city in the country. It was hotter and more humid than I have ever experienced. I didn’t want to stick my head in an oven, I wanted to crawl into one. An oven is hot, but it’s a dry heat. I lived in Arizona for a while, and used to play softball in 105°. No problem. When I got thirsty in Bujumbura I took a deep breath and sucked the water out of the air. When I drank from a bottle the water oozed out my pores as fast as I could drink it in. When I woke up in the middle of the night I thought I wet the bed. Instead, every molecule of moisture in my body drained into the bed while I slept.

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