I traveled to Europe this summer and was surprised to note that very few places had air conditioning. I’m from the southern U.S. and I take air conditioning as an expected commodity like running water and indoor toilets so the fact that other developed countries do not have air conditioning in every building was shocking to me. Granted, some of the places I stayed at really didn’t need air conditioners. They had big open windows and got a nice breeze throughout my stay. Other definitely could have used air conditioning as I struggled to sleep in the heat. Even many of the shops didn’t even have A/Cs. When I asked the locals about it, they said that air conditioners were a waste of money. I guess it all depends on what you are used to. I don’t want to be the kind of tourists who goes to other countries and finds fault with them because they are not America. I am just noting the difference is all. Over all, I really enjoyed my trip abroad and I can’t wait to go back again. Not having air conditioning is a small price to pay for experiencing the world. Nonetheless, I was happy to get home too. I missed my dog, I missed knowing my way around my grocery store, and I missed my air conditioner. It is like an old friend, always there for me. When I go back to Europe, maybe I will just have to go in the cooler months; or bring a small portable air conditioner.