You may have heard that Israel is a poor country.
But one thing we have plenty of here in Israel is sun.
Almost every day, almost all year 'round (except when my sister decided to come for 2 weeks last December).
This is cool for many reasons:
- Hanging laundry outside, where it can dry in hours
- Saving tons of energy with solar water heaters
- Planning outdoor events 10 months of the year without worrying about rain
As my son said when he was here, the boundaries between indoors and outdoors are just more pourous here. Our "porch" window opens up and suddenly we are outside. When air conditioning isn't running, people leave their doors open and come and go as they like.
But there is a dark side to all this sun.
The sun is powerful.
You don’t want to mess with the power of the sun.
The same sun that guarantees that all your whites will come off the line whiter than white also guarantees that your reds, oranges and pinks will fade to pink, in less than 24 hours in some cases.
Oh, and it will kill you, like it kills up to 480 Israelis every year.