I wasn't going to leave the house today. I walked for 7 hours yesterday. Literally, except for stopping for coffee. We left the apartment at 8:30 and got home at 3:30.
So I wasn't going to leave the building today. There's no need to actually go anywhere.
Then I saw the date: August 8.
In June, as the Summer Solstice neared - which is the point when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer, I did a little math (followed by research, tbh) to determine when the sun would be directly above Da Nang, 7.5 degrees south of the Line of Tropic. The answer was something like May 4th... and August 8. Since I'd missed the May date, August was locked in my brain.
August 8. So I had to leave the house. My inner geography nerd needed to get a picture of my noon shadow!
It's overcast today, so there is no shadow, but because it's overcast I could get a shot of the sun!
|You have to trust me. I'm looking directly overhead. See the sun? By the powerline?|
We had decided to walk to a very popular Italian restaurant. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Italian, but this is one place that has acceptable pizza, and knows how to package it properly in a flat cardboard box.
In China, several Italian places would smash leftover pizza into a plastic container. Talk about turning me into HULK!
Now, I've recently decided not to bother with pizza here, because it is so often disappointing. Then again, I don't like pasta, and these guys do acceptable pizza, so against my better judgment, I ordered a pizza. I ate half, to take half home for supper.
The leftovers were placed in a clamshell container -
Which They Secured with Rubberbands!
This is what you get when you leave your home country, people! Poorly packaged leftovers! Stay home!
That said, it is my own private solstice - a day when the sun is directly over my head - so I will be happy! I'm determined. How do you bring yourself out of a solid pout? I'm not depressed, just extremely annoyed. Any advice?