رمضان مبارك Ramadan is here, starting tomorrow or the day after. It's really really hot here so there's just no way I'm fasting and the days are too long. Unfortunately everyone I work with and almost everyone I know here is fasting and the restaurants will be closed. I'm going to see if I can get the water cooler just put into my office. It's so different from last year when I was in Antep and practically no one I knew was fasting but still the restaurants were closed. At least at night it's a festive atmosphere and then the drums come out at 2 am. Some people go to the mosque for Tarawih where they pray for like an hour. I know some children who are fasting. I wonder what the negative effects are of that. I think if I was a parent I wouldn't allow it. I think it's also a bad idea to go without water for so long during hot weather but people manage to do it.