Tidbits on British Life #4: Summer in the Kingdom with no AC
Monday, July 21, 2014
I know I have been going on and on about how wonderful the start of the British summertime has been. And is has been amazing. Well, until this past week or two. The temperatures have steadily been in the upper 70s to 80s and I'm starting to get a little bit uncomfortable. You see, air conditioning is not a regular thing to have in these parts and I really don't understand it. Yes, the winter, spring and fall are all cool enough to not need AC, but I would give anything to have it right now!
You readers in the southern US are probably thinking, is she really complaining about 70s and 80s??? Yes.....yes I am. When it's 70s and 80s and the humidity is at 90% and you have no cool house to walk into and no breeze blowing through the windows.....it will drive you crazy!! Van and I are seriously enjoying whenever we have to go hop in the car to drive somewhere just so we can feel a cold breeze on our bodies from the AC. Stagnant humid air....boo.
And while I'm on the subject of windows......OK, so we don't have AC, which means we have to keep all of our windows open.....but we have NO SCREENS?!?!?! Why oh why?!! I hate bugs. Couple that with a stagnant house and it makes for a very uncomfortable night of sleep. It's like we are always camping and I'm not too fond of camping unless it's cold. There has been a night or two where I am woken up by the feeling of something crawling on me....and it's not just a feeling. EEEKKK!!
We do have a couple of fans that we bought from base and they do help a little bit. But we realized they were not gonna help us in 80+ degrees so Van took to Gumtree to find us an AC unit. And we lucked out! We found a very decent sized portable AC for 45GBP, which is about $75! It is very helpful for cooling whichever floor we have it located on but geesh. It would be nice to just have central air for a day or even ceiling fans.
A quick recap of British summer:
1. No AC
2. You walk everywhere. It's humid....you get sweaty
3. No AC
4. It's hot at night in the house
5. No screens on the windows
6. No AC
OK, I'm done complaining for today. I understand things are expensive in England. But come on. It's hot.