6 Ways to Beat the Heatm
The past few weeks have been tough. Not only have we experienced unbearably hot days, our hearts are heavy due to the political situation. Stabbings, turmoil, bricks thrown at buses and cars with friends in them, other friends having difficult experiences using their permits, and more.
Instead of focusing on the many things beyond our control, here are a few suggestions to beat the heat and heaviness of the summer:
1. Focus on how quickly things dry! From laundry (which most of us hang outside) to dishes to freshly mopped floors, they dry far quicker than you expect. The least the heat can do is help us finish our chores quicker.
2. Go to the mall. Many people in our area do not have air conditioning since our nights often cool down considerably compared to daytime temperatures. In the midst of our heatwaves, we were not so fortunate this year. One of the best ways to beat it is to go to the one place that has a steady, cold supply of air -- the mall.
3. Eat something spicy. It may seem counterintuitive, but it will make you sweat, which will help your body cool down. An Israeli spicy favorite is Yemenite skhug which comes in a few different flavors, and appears at any Israeli falafel or shwarma stand. If you feel like going out to eat something other than street food, try one of these recommended venues in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat, Herzliya, or Rehovot.
4. Express sudden interest to catch up with people who happen to have air conditioning or kiddie pools, no matter where they are located. Plan lunch, a playdate or anything that involves being in their home. Then, pretend you never noticed they had air conditioning or a pool -- totally a coincidence!
5. When all these options fail, resort to walking around in your underwear (privately!!) and lying on the cool, tiled floors of your home.
6. If you’re still feeling hot, indulge in a common Israeli summer staple - a blended ice lemonade with mint (limonana).