Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

Air conditioning

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I has been just over 3 years since I moved to Qatar. This post was going to recall the high spots of our time in the Gulf. Instead my Saturday and this post has been high-jacked by my car.

The weather is a slightly cooler 39 to 40°C, which is better than the 46°C of last week. Today was supposed to be a day of rest. Unfortunately this morning, the air conditioning in the car decided to break. When turned on, the vents emitted only superheated air. Turning it off was relatively cooler, but only to the ambiant air temperature. I had to drive 10 km to the car dealers, the last 15 minutes was spent in slow moving  traffic.

My car is at the Nissan dealership waiting to be checked over. Fortunately a couple of months of warranty still remains so at least I won’t have to pay for any repairs.

I started writing this sitting in a rented Nissan Sunny waiting to meet J from an appointment. It’s still over 40°C, so the engine is running and the air-conditioning is keeping me cool. When we first arrived in Qatar, I was shocked when I saw people sitting in cars waiting with the engine running and the air conditioning on full blast, however there is no other way to keep cool.

This morning the air conditioning in our bedroom decided to literally go on the blink… it flashes zero and even blows out  air when switched off.


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