1. Laurel
    July 10, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Our apartment only has Rolladen in the kitchen )gasp! I wish all of our windows had them, as they really are good at keeping the heat out.

    We do have a fan but my German husband (as with most Germans) believes that sleeping with the fan makes you sick.

    • Andrew
      July 13, 2012 @ 8:27 am

      Weird. The kitchen is the only window without them here.
      Seriously he thinks that a fan at night makes you sick? All of these little “common sense” things that are so culturally bound. I think I would get sick more if I had to sleep in the heat. Maybe it is related to “es zieht.”

  2. Sabina
    July 10, 2012 @ 3:11 am

    I almost never use the AC and resort to closing blinds that face the sun during the day, keeping windows open and using a fan. I’m a fresh air fanatic. I guess it’s the German in me 🙂

    • Andrew
      July 13, 2012 @ 8:48 am

      Sounds like it. Those are definitely Germanic habits. I do find myself liking it more than I used to. But then again in the US, the air outside wasn’t really fresh.

  3. Waegook Tom
    July 7, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    These are some great tips. Alas, in muggy and humid Korea my only tips are to take a cold shower and leave the fan on constantly, despite the Korean goverment’s warnings of “fan death.”

    As a Brit I have no idea how to deal with heat really anyway, with the hallowed heatwave being such a rare occurrence in my native land. I may well try making juice cubes, though – looks like fun!

    • Andrew
      July 13, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

      What is “fan death”? Standing in front of fan when wet?

      The juice cubes are great. Still waiting to try beer cubes, though it has turned rainy and not so warm here.

  4. Lawrence Michaels
    July 7, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    I went three nights without air conditioning in Thailand, never again will I make that mistake.

    • Andrew
      July 13, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      Wow that at least sounds awful. Not sure what Thailand in the winter is like, but Thailand in the summer sounds sweltering from the stories I’ve heard.

  5. Allison
    July 7, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    It’s been in the 100s in Chicago for the last 5 days.

    All I can think of is how well our apartment in Zurich would stay cool in the summer. So cool that when I was telling my mom that it didn’t have a/c. She replied back that during her visit she though it did. Shades down and windows open at night helped. Fan to keep the air circulating.

    • Andrew
      July 7, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      Woah.. 100s are ugh even with AC.

      The big thick walls help stabilize the temperature and just making sure to keep heat out as possible and let what cool air comes in. I haven’t set up the fans yet, so it hasn’t been so bad.

  6. Victor
    July 6, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    May be simply to buy A/C ? 🙂

    • Andrew
      July 7, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      It is expensive and I have no clue if they would even install it in a house here. Add the awful noise it makes, I doubt I would be allowed to run it at night or on Sundays anyway.

      • Victor
        July 7, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

        Modern A/C is almost noiseless. And the most expensive thing in the World is your health, is not it?

        • Andrew
          July 7, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

          Not really. Usually there is a box outside somewhere with fans and such which make a racket. I don’t go as far as thinking AC is bad for your health, but I don’t really think it is so great either. At the moment, the heat isn’t so bad and can be dispelled with some wind and a beer.

  7. Jill
    July 6, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I doubt the beer will freeze well. Alcohol has a higher freeze point. That’s why people store vodka in the freezer. That said, in college I had a can of beer freeze in my car’s glove compartment one winter when i forgot about it after going to the club. The car stank to high heaven in the spring when it exploded…

    • Andrew
      July 7, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      It depends on the % of alcohol. Vodka won’t freeze because it has nearly 40%, which lowers the freezing point beyond what a normal freezer can manage. According to internet research even wine will “freeze” in a normal freezer. The point seems to be that the alcohol part of the liquid won’t freeze, but the water will, so you get a sort of not-so-solid cube. Beer will definitely freeze. And I had a fig schnapps freeze solid and shatter the bottle in my freezer at one point, so I know wine will too.
      There needs to be more (controlled) experiments.

  8. Charles
    July 6, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Yes… sooner or later (and not much later) it will rain in Germany. It is more noted for rain than sun (though I do recall some dry times in Oftersheim).

    • Andrew
      July 7, 2012 @ 10:43 am

      Freiburg is the sunniest end of Germany as well. It doesn’t seem to rain any more or less than Blacksburg, though I do think it has more cloudy days than Tech ever did.

  9. Jennifer
    July 6, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    This made me laugh! It has been unbearably hot in Italy for weeks now. Oh the things we’ll try to stay cool!

    • Andrew
      July 7, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      I’m glad you liked it. The juice cubes was hilarious. I had high hopes and they just ended up as silly. Will let you know when we try beer.