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April 16, 2004

It's Spring!

April 15th feels like the official start of spring in Kyiv, because on that date the heat is scheduled to be turned off.

One of the legacies of the soviet system is an inefficient, city-controlled heating system. The city turns on the heat on October 15th and turns it off on April 15th (give or take a couple of days.) Instead of thermostats, families regulate the temperature of the apartment by either opening a window or adding another layer of clothing.

Sure enough, yesterday our radiators were cold!

Some flats don't have hot water once the heat is turned off. Thankfully, we have hot water year-round, except for a few weeks in the summer.


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That's very interesting that the city controls your heating! How long have you lived in Kyiv now? Are you used to all this? About the time everything here starts to feel normal, we'll have to leave. (groan) I hope your computer holds up because I love "visiting" you!!!

Posted by: Marla at April 16, 2004 01:49 PM

Thanks, Marla! Kyiv "feels" normal now. We've been here 2 1/2 years, but arrived in November, so this was our third winter. Kyiv and Ukraine are growing rapidly, in some ways, and it's been amazing to watch the changes, even in the short time we've been here.

When are you scheduled to leave Sweden?

My Dad is in the Navy, and I'm really used to thinking in 2-3 year blocks of time. It's hard for me to plan beyond that amount of time.

Have you read much about Third Culture Kids? I read that trait of thinking in short blocks of time is common among TCK and military kids.

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 16, 2004 02:27 PM

That's funny! Your heating system reminds me of my dorm days at GCU. All winter we sweated because of the heater, then we'd plunge in to the ocol air of winter only to freeze. The inverse (?) would happen in summer, they'd turn the A/C so low we'd freeze inside, wearing extra clothes that we had to be prepared to shed as soon as we hit the wall of heat we faced at the door. I can't imagine a whole country on this system. Does it tend to promote conservation or waste of energy, in your opinion?

Posted by: AutMom at April 20, 2004 10:59 PM

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