Transitioning to Summer

There is a heatwave hanging over DC since a few days and I’m enjoying it as only a Swede can. It’s actually not that warm, only about 30 C, but people already avoid being outside and chose instead to stay indoors in air conditioning. As a result, there is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in the US and people are prescribed supplements by their doctors! I, personally, don’t have air conditioning in my apartment. We can have it installed for an extra fee but ceiling fans are enough for me. It’s kind of a funny cultural difference from Europeans. My neighbors told me how they spent their entire London vacation at Starbucks because it was the only place that had AC. Europeans here, on the other hand, can barely stand the AC and my European colleagues complain about how cold it is in our office. I always bring an extra sweater to work and when I go up to NY in the summer, I have to wear pants on the bus while the American passengers wear shorts and tank tops. But I love being outdoors in the summer heat! The trick is to spend time outside for a few days so that the body gets used to it. It’s a good excuse to go out for lunch! Which I did today. There were at least three times as many people inside the cafe as out on the terrace…


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