I Think I Prepared Inadequately.
Remember that post when I gloated about only bringing one suitcase? Well, I officially retract that comment. It’s really, really cold. I have one scarf, one pair of thin pajama pants, one white sweatshirt (courtesy of Katie Richman), and one pair of boots. This would not be a horrible hindrance in America, but it is problem here for the following reasons:
1. I need to line dry my clothes. Sometimes this takes days. I can’t afford for my one sweatshirt to be out of commission for longer than…5 hours.
2. I have to wake up at 7.30 a.m. for work. It is very cold and there is no sun in the morning.
3. I have to go outside to turn on the hot water to take a shower in the morning when it is very cold and there is no sun.
4. There is no central heating. So, when I sleep, I need to wear 439573 layers. I asked my roommate what I should do in the winter when it’s really cold, and she told me, “get a boyfriend.”
5. I have a set of glass doors in my room that open to the balcony and don’t really close all the way.
6. No carpet.
7. Somehow it always manages to be 3-5 degrees colder in the apartment complex than it is on the street.
These seven things = Annie is always cold. Granada is near the Sierra Nevada Mountains and not the coastal tropical paradise I’m sure you’re imagining. To put this in perspective, right now it is 8 degrees celcius. In January it will be 1 degree or 0 degrees.
I don’t mean to complain. In fact, I really admire Spaniards and the way they are energy efficient in the summer and the winter. They are thinkers. If it’s hot, turn on the fan and take a siesta. If it’s cold, bundle up. Showers are taken in ten minutes or less, and you shouldn’t leave the light on for even a millisecond longer than you need to. I don’t think my spoiled a/c & central heating self has adjusted yet, but I certainly hope it does, because I think that they’re on to something that Americans aren’t (and they’re probably saving lots of money).
Anyway, long story short, I guess I’m going to have to go shopping. Fleece jammies…here I come. I have the luxury of being able to (frugally) buy things to help my frio problem when there are many people in the world would aren’t as lucky. For that, I am grateful.
Besos y abrazos xo