Hot showers do not exist at the base. They are cold to lukewarm at best. If your like me, then you feel your best after a nice hot shower (even on a warm day). Since it’s March, and not the middle of the heat of the summer, the water in the tanks are even cooler. This makes me dread taking a shower. Call me spoiled but I just like a hot shower, always have and always will. Well, we have a small apartment in Belize City for when we come back and forth to pick up and drop off teams. It’s small, not in the best part of town (not the worst either), and it floods during the rainy season, BUT, the rent is CHEAP and it has a hot shower, and I took one :-). We are so thankful for our small apartment and those evenings where we can enjoy a simple thing. We actually like the apartment and it’s a good walking distance to small shops and “fast food” places.
Before I left, my friend Amy bought me one of my favorite scents called “Amazing Grace”. It is a set that comes with perfume, shower gel, and lotion. I can not use it at the base because things that smell good attract bugs. I can however, use it in the city because the bugs are much less than at the base. So I get a hot shower and I get to smell good, if only for a day. Thank you Amy! I guess this seems so simple and petty, but when you live a life on the base like we do, oh how the simple things become luxuries! For example, we found POP TARTS and bought them. I am so excited to have POP TARTS. We have only been here for a month but there are so many things I am learning I took for granted that I do not think I will anymore. I know there is much more for us to learn, but for now, at this moment, we’ll enjoy a POP TART.