I'm very consientious about sun exposure. I had a few incidents as a child where my parents left me out in the sun for too long - that was a lesson learned. A few bad burns and a case or two of sun stroke, it's pretty clear that I'm not built for the sun.
So what are you doing living in a tropical climate so close to the equator? You might ask. I'll tell you what I'm doing: hiding in the shade most of the time.
As I said, I'm very careful about exposing myself to the sun. So when I noticed an angry patch of fiery red down the outside of my left leg yesterday afternoon, I was perplexed. How did I get that? I've been so careful. Was it from my five minute dip in the sea? Was it from walking back and forth between the cabana and the bungalow? Which, by the way, is not even a two minute walk.
It doesn't take me long to burn. Ten to fifteen minutes in strong sun can do some serious damage. Even with factor fifty. So when did I get this burn? I wondered.
I had to think about it. And then - it clicked.
The toilet. I got sunburned while sitting on the toilet.
My lovely beach bungalow has a traditional open-air toilet. The toilet/shower is enclosed with walls all around, but there's no roof overhead. It's quite novel to shower open-air style - being one with nature and all that, but you can't let yourself forget about the perils of sun exposure.
It must have been during one of my longer visits to the toilet - a ten to fifteen minute visit. It must have been that morning. In the morning time, the sun shines at such an angle that it just skims the left handside of the toilet bowl, so that when I was sitting there browsing on Facebook, most of my body was probably in the shade except for the outside of my left leg. I hadn't noticed it. Who considers sunburn while sitting on the toilet? Not me.
Well now I'm suffering. The hotel staff have been very kind, they blended up some fresh aloevera from the garden which I've been applying regularly. I've stored the aloe goo in the fridge so that it's extra cooling on the burn. Hopefully it will have cleared up by tomorrow.
Another lesson leaned: beware of open-air toilets.
Next time bring an umbrella!