Last night, it finally rained, breaking a couple days of infernal heat. And did it ever rain. The thunderstorm lasted several hours, and, as is wont to happen here with big storms, I lost power. For six hours. It explained why the previous tenants had left the candles lying around, but truthfully, they provided borderline illumination at best. It's the little things (shoddy power grids, fluky water supplies, inconsistent trash pickup) that make living abroad so much fun.