Friday, May 25, 2007
°C (80 to 86°F). That may not sound terribly warm, but homes in Germany do not have air conditioning. The Germans claim it is unhealthy. We can't even install a window unit, because they don't exist here in Germany! We can't have anyone send us one, because the power system is different here in Germany, plus the windows are very different - they either open on an angle from the top, tipping inwards, or swing open like a door. The few air conditioning units that are available for purchase have a hose for the vent that needs to go outside. The hose is round and needs to go through a wall. Since we are renting, we are not allowed to cut holes in the wall. Plus, the walls are concrete, so they aren't easy to cut through. Fortunately, because the buildings are made of concrete, they are cooler than your typical North American wood framed building. But still, it's been very hot at night, and we are hoping this heat wave breaks soon! Munich normally doesn't get temperatures in the 30s (Celcius) even in July so this is unusually warm for May.