A single Finnish word can describe the blast of heat that occurs when water is poured on a sauna’s brazier. Also, one Bantu verb sums up the act of discarding one’s clothes in order to dance, while a Pascuense word means ‘the swelling of the larynx caused by screaming too much’. So: mbuki-mvuki, löyly, ngaobera. That’s how I feel knowing you’re halfway across the world waiting to welcome me home.