As I've mentioned before, I'm taking this month off. I'm not thinking about school or doing any other heavy thinking (is that even an expression?) whatsoever. At all. As one would expect, I spent the last four days on the beach. Those days literally felt like living in hell. The air temperature was 34°C (93°F) and that of the water was 30°C (86°F), which is the highest water temperature ever. It's the hottest summer we've ever had. I usually go swimming when it becomes too hot from all the sunbathing, but these days, I really don't know what's worse, staying out of the water or going in. The most obvious decision would be to stay at home with the air conditioning on, but I need to spend some quality time out of the house this month, so I won't be sad when the summer season is over in September.
The most valuable lesson I have learned in the last few days is that one of the best ways to survive the high temperatures is eating ice cream. The thing about me and ice cream is, I like chocolate flavor and it loves me back. I don't try other flavors, because they never live up to their spectacular names. I used to order blueberry ice cream but then I got tired of it. I also tried cookies. And vanilla, which is, in my opinion, the most boring ice cream they could have ever invented. In the 19 years of my existence I once ordered Nutella ice cream and was terribly disappointed because the share of Nutella in it was about 0.0001% (seriously). There was also the one time when I tried the bubble gum flavor. It was disgusting.
I think I've made it clear why I keep ordering chocolate ice cream.
But there is one café, Cacao, right on the beach, where they always have about 40 different flavors of ice cream. Some of them change over time and some of them are forever (like my beloved classic - chocolate). There are the regular ones and the special ones, like the Bounty flavor, or the Kinder Maxi King flavor, Tiramisu... and Sacher torte!
Can you guess which one I ordered? I probably haven't mentioned yet, but I'm a huge fan of Sacher torte. Mostly homemade, because I find the bought ones really strong, a bit too strong for my taste, and the marmalades used in them are often weird. My mother used to make really good Sacher torte, but then she stopped. I still don't know why. Anyway, the ice cream! That was one giant scoop of chocolate, cake and marmalade, all mixed into a lump of creamy goodness, with giant pieces of cake and solid chunks of chocolate in it. The photo doesn't do it justice, because I took it with my mobile phone. It wouldn't have lasted until I got home, and I don't usually bring my camera to the beach. So you'll just have to believe me. This is the best ice cream I have ever tasted. It looks like regular chocolate ice cream, but it's not. Today, I persuaded my parents to go out and get some ice cream and they both listened to me (it doesn't happen very often, really) and ordered the Sacher flavor. Needless to say, they loved it, although it was a little too strong for them. It is a really strong flavor, I admit. But nothing is too strong for me, so I ate their leftovers too. Because my metabolism is awesome.
One scoop of ice cream in Cacao costs 1.30€, which makes it one of the most expensive ice creams in town, but the scoops are really generous. And their selection of around 40 flavors makes it worth it. I'm so going there every day from now on. You know, to cope with the high temperatures.