While going through the process of applying to the Peace Corps, you can read helpful blurbs about each country. Listed under “things you should know” about Kosovo was this statement: “It is much colder indoors than Americans are used to.”
Boy, they weren’t kidding! It’s only early October, and it’s already cold! As someone who loathes hot weather, though, I am really not complaining. I’ll take this over 95-degree heat with no air conditioning (hello, July!) any time. I once heard this expression: “There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.” I believe that. There’s only so much you can take off, but you can always add another layer in winter.
I’ve been wearing a wool peacoat and long underwear when I teach. I’ve had the same pair of long silk underwear for … I’m not sure how long. They were a gift from my grandmother, who passed away in the spring of 2003. (It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since I’ve seen her!) A lamp and my long underwear are the only gifts I have left that she gave to me. Perhaps it’s weird to feel sentimental about underwear, but my grandma’s gift is still keeping me warm, 13+ years later and all the way in Kosovo. 🙂