I received a voicemail from my traveling daughter at 12:40pm today. Africa is ten hours ahead so it was 10:30pm there. She arrived safely to her destination yesterday and had dinner with two staff members from the school where she’ll be doing her internship. Today she met four other people, all Australians, who she’ll be working along with at the school. They leave in a week, however. They invited her to go along on a safari with them today and she saw elephants, zebras and chimpanzees up close.
She also met some of her disabled students and says they are all adorable. She sounded very relaxed and happy and said she was so glad she came. The culture there is beautiful, and the people are kind and helpful. She was also warned never to travel alone and never after dark.
President Obama gave the commencement address to 8000 graduates at Arizona State University Wednesday evening. I did not attend but my son and his wife did and they said even though the temp was only 102 degrees, in the stadium it was more like 110 degrees because of all the people. ASU is the largest university in the U.S. by undergraduate enrollment of over 67,000 students. When I stopped going two years ago it was around 50,000. I was in an area where I could have seen AirForce One coming in for Obama's arrival but it was hot and I was busy walking around the Desert Botanical Gardens where there is an art exhibit. That will be in my next post.
Our summer here started early with our first triple digit temp in mid-April. I’ve lived here too long to complain much about it but it does seem the older I get the harder the heat is on me. We walked around the Desert Gardens for about an hour around 4pm, the hottest part of the day. It seemed a lot hotter than only 102. I learned one thing, don’t put sun screen on your face higher than your nose. It really smarts when mixed with sweat and it drips in your eyes. We all had bottled water but I was the only one with a straw hat and sun glasses. Have never liked wearing sun glasses but this year, the sun really bothers my eyes.