Niger has four seasons. The wet hot season when it rains, June through August; the mini-hot season, wow does it get hot in September-October; the cool hot season, you might need a long-sleeve t-shirt in the mornings, warm during the day, really perfect weather, like Palm Springs from November through February; and the hot, hot season, March, April, May. One of the good things about the hot, hot season: mangos.
This is the kind of landscape you see when driving around Niamey, the capital of Niger. But I want you to know, when I went to buy cat food at the grocery store tonight, all the parking spaces were taken. All three of them.
Ana called it a "ka-pok", I think I've heard "kay-pok" and when I asked Nick what kind of tree it is, he pronounced it like it was in French, "ca-po." They only bloom in December and January and are a marvel.