You think you've been hot before? Just wait.
Coming from Houston, a city with a similar summer climate (100% humidity, 100% of the time), I thought I was more then prepared to meet the heat. It's not til I arrived that I discovered it actually is possible to survive a summer sans A/C. It's just not very comfortable.
From June til September, I was in a perpetual state of sweat. When we were offered cold watermelon for a snack, I wanted to rub my face in it. When we weren't offered ice in our drinks because "it would make us catch cold," I wanted to curse. On our days off, we would go to the farthest grocery store in town, not because it was cheap, and not because it had good produce, but simply because it had A/C.
As I mentioned earlier, Houston is in the middle of a heat wave. Tomorrow, we're scheduled to break another record--hottest 4th of July ever. In honor of this historic occasion, I bring to you three tried-and-true methods to beat the heat. So if you're planning a summer jaunt to Eastern Europe... I hope you're taking notes.
- Stick a bucket of ice water next to your bed. If you're anything like me, sleep and sweat just don't mix. Just swing those legs over the side of your bed, stick those feet in the ice water, and enjoy the shock as the cold sting moves from your feet to the rest of your body. Repeat throughout the night.
- Stick a fan above the bucket of ice water. It's homemade air conditioning, and it works. We kept multiple buckets of ice around the apartment--once it stopped working with the fan, we found it was still cold enough to work splendidly for trick #1.
- Stick a cold rag on your face or neck. In a bind, it also works quite well to use your handkerchief (aka sweat rag). Just pull it out of your pocket, wave it in the air a bit to cool it down, and place it on your face. Listed last because it's not as long-lasting or satisfying as the first two. But not bad for a momentary chill thrill.