Wednesday, August 6, 2014

No Window Screens in Europe

I've never understood why Europeans don't use window screens. It's summer, and even in a big city like Berlin there are plenty of insects. Considering how few homes and buildings have air conditioning, you would think that window screens would be useful in keeping out mosquitoes and flies while letting fresh air into the house. Europeans usually just whisk insects away, swat them or simply endure them.

Normally, I would leave the windows open at night, but here in Berlin, I keep them tightly shut for fear of mosquitoes, which really do a number on me. It's a trade-off that I'm will to endure: hot and stifling nights but relatively few bites.

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