With the end of the sugar cane season upon us, it seems like there are an especially large number of farmers burning their fields. The air quality over the last few days here in Montero has been abysmal. It isn’t a cloudy day, but this morning when I was out doing the laundry at 9:30, I could only see the sun as a somewhat diffuse glowing ball…kinda like it is moments before sunset.
Its also been very hot this week, which may have something to do with why the burning has gotten so bad. Highs have been between 95-100F, which is about as hot as it gets in Bolivia, but thankfully it hasn’t been very humid. Its still pretty rough dealing with that without air conditioning though!
Between the heat and the smoke, I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in over a week…here’s to hoping for rain to clear things off!