Wednesday, October 31, 2012

City of Bucharest - We Need Heat!

Br-r-r-r-r, it's cold outside!  Just a few days ago the Ruth School was without electricity.  Well, technically we had electricity but it kept going off, making it hard to work or have school.  I was told the electric grid was overwhelmed because so many people were using small electric heaters in their homes.  What's the deal?

You see, a great majority of Bucharest lives in block apartments.  These are buildings erected during the communist era.  Their heating systems are controlled by the authorities.  So each fall someone decides when the heat should be turned on and again in the spring someone decides when to turn the heat off.  I'm sure they have a system or at least that's what I like to think.

The apartment blocks in Ferentari where the school is located do not have heat.  So people were using electric heaters to stay warm.  Thus the overwhelming of the electric grid.  At our apartment we simply added another layer of clothing and drink hot tea all day.  I find myself reaching out to touch the radiator often.  Nothing yet. 

City Leaders!  If you read my blog - please turn on the heat!

Just another day in eastern Europe...

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