Have you ever taken a trip out of this country? I was fifty years old before I was able to make such a trip.
It was a little vacation, yes, but it was mainly to get dental care at a reasonable rate. Anyway, I am really glad I finally got to go outside of this country because I learned quite a bit. One of the things I found most flabbergasting was how we take so much for granted – mainly, air conditioning. I went south of the border, and it is even hotter there than it is here, which is shocking in and of itself. Even so, hardly any people who were born and raised there had air conditioning in their homes. Even businesses did not feel the need to put in air conditioning. Of course, heating is completely unnecessary, but when the thermostat reads 90 degrees, you would think they would want to have a/c. ONe of the people I met who lives there told me that it isn’t the a/c unit itself that is too expensive. Instead, it is the electricity required to run the a/c that is beyond the means of most regular folks. Now, the wealthier people do have air conditioning, don’t get me wrong, but the average Jose does not. The places that are meant to cater to tourists also have air conditioning; can you imagine renting a hotel room or house that doesn’t come with a/c? The little house I rented only had mini-split a/c units in the bedrooms. In the living room, there was only a ceiling fan that barely moved.