December 15, 2010
Namibia desert - Moscow style
Consequently, due to this heat, we wake up up five or six times a night with dry throats gasping for water. The air inside the flat is hotter and dryer than the Namibia desert, sometimes I think I can see a rattle snake slither under the bed. Soaking towels placed in front of the radiator, are bone dry in under an hour. I have resorted to putting small plastic Tupperware containers (that I knew would come in useful one day), full of water under all the radiators in every room and opening all the windows at night and in the day. When we asked the landlord about it, he just said turn the air conditioning on. Fine, but then we would use up electricity and we only one unit and that's in the living room. I should explain, that Russia has lots of energy and oil and so electricity is not so expensive and there is lots if it.
A lesson to the wise, If you rent a flat in Moscow check the the heating has an on and off switch. We take this as normal in our country but in Russia, many flats have centrally controlled communal heating. As I have said before, its turned on and off at set times by a centrally controlled, invisible state hand. You the flat dweller have no control and will roast like a chicken on a spit until "they" turn it off. I swear I don't make any of this stuff up, its all true and happens to us in Moscow.
Labels: Moscow heating