This in ingenuity pure. This is how I should be sitting in my room at my desk with the computer and writing whatever I am writing. The windows should be shut, the blinds clossed, Swiss ingenuity at its best. According to Mr. Swiss that is the only way to keep the heat out of today’s 38°C temperatures, but he has been telling me this for the past 50 years and I still do not listen. Over the last 50 years I have succumbed to this method and managed to escape into the outside world on the terrace when he lives in a sealed box “to keep the heat out” inside. I cannot dispute this method of reasoning, He is Swiss, I am living in his country (although have had a Swiss passport for the past 50 years) and so I make allowances.
Things change over the years. 50 year later I have MS and summer temperatures are giving me problems. I need air, I need light and I want to breathe.
And so I remain in my little room and have opened the window. The blinds also remain open and although scarce now and again a small breeze enters the room. On this side of the apartment there is no direct sun in the afternoon. Although we English people do not understand the Swiss (and other European) methods of keeping the heat out of the home, we consider a breeze to be a breeze and not a draught. I am happy in my little room with an open window. It is a room with a view and fresh air, my room. There are certain aspects of the Swiss way of life that I do not need or want.
And one day the cooler temperatures will return when long sleeves and socks will be worn again and me? No, never, I will remain in my t-shirts with short sleeves and no socks, but I am a Brit.