Too spicy, too hot

I am a self-proclaimed world traveller, seeing new places and tasting new foods all the time. Luckily, my job allows me to do this because it really is my passion in life. You have to take the good with the bad, and sometimes that bad is correlated to how comfortable the temperature is. I was visiting a country that has many different types of cuisines, each region having a specialty. This particular city I was in at the time, was notorious for two things–spicy food and hellish heat. It was the middle of the summer so it was scorching hot, literally, most people didn’t go out during the day, even many businesses and jobs would start later in the day to accommodate the weather. I had spent the day relaxing by the pool and trying to keep cool while enjoying the sun, and later that night a group of fellow travelers met for dinner. We were having a local specialty that is so spicy, it’s nearly intolerable. The restaurant we went to didn’t have any air conditioning! All they had were a few old fans located around the place that really didn’t do any good to cool down the place. I asked one our local friends why they didn’t have any AC here, especially when people are eating food that makes them feel even hotter. They simply responded that the people were just used to this type of lifestyle and didn’t feel the need to waste money on air conditioning systems. Needless to say, that night when I got back to the hotel, I felt relieved to just lie down on the bed and feel the cool stream of air coming from the small window air conditioner unit.

air conditioner