Top 5 - Sweatiest Moments
1. Indian-Pakistani border just outside Amritsar - the temperature was nearing 40 and the relative humidity must've been in the neighbourhood of 100%. Such is the monsoon season in Northern India a day after rain. We were stuck in the stands watching the border celebration; the evening sun (which I always think is the worst) bearing down on us. Within seconds a waterfall erupted from my face. It was all I could do to keep the sweat out of my eyes so I could see what was going on. Just thinking about it makes me cringe.
2. Inside a Metro Car in Cairo - the temperature was about 43 degrees. I was stuck inside an old, above-ground metro car when the fans broke down. That is perhaps the worst feeling: knowing that moving air is a luxury you only wish you had. Immediately I could feel the sweat dripping down my back. I tried not to move so as to avoid producing any more heat. It almost felt worse stepping out of the metro because the breeze instantly cooled all the sweat.
3. In the car from Delhi to Chandigarh - I don't care where you're from. Getting blasted by 47 degree heat in a polluted city is never fun. As we were leaving Delhi, stuck in traffic, I was in the back of a small a car sweating profusely. All I had was a towel to keep myself dry. Gross.
4. Anytime the fan went off in India - we'd be lying in bed, sound asleep under the whirring fan. All of a sudden, the power would shut off. The fan grinds to a halt and you wake up with an instant layer of sweat on your skin. There is nowhere to go but outside into the heat of the night and pace. Anything to keep the air moving.
5. Sitting in the bathroom in Egypt - i don't know why, but bathrooms have absolutely no air circulation. One minute after stepping out of the shower, you'd start sweating. One minute on the toilet and your clothes would be soaked. You would try to spend as little time as possible in there, but, thanks to some less-than-cleanly street food, that was often impossible.