Every since I moved back to the UAE, I have come to hate this thing called air conditioning. Really HATE it! And it's a source of arguments wherever I go.
At work, we are divided into 2 camps: those who turn the A/C on and those who turn it off. Everytime someone touches the thermostat, everyone starts to scream, voicing their opinion about whether we should keep the A/C on or off, or turn it up or down. We just can't seem to come to a consensus. I always show up to work with a pashmina, because I know that at some point during the day, I'll be freezing my butt off and will need to cover up.
At home in Dubai, I sometimes sleep with the A/C turned off, even in the middle of summer! I don't mind it. Our home in Abu Dhabi however is a different story. I'm sure the North Pole is not as cold as it is here. Whenever I am in Abu Dhabi, I am always bundled up in a thick sweater and a nice warm blanket, almost as if it's -20 degrees outside!
I have tried turning the A/C down to a normal level, but that's when those around me start complaining that it's too hot (crazy people, I'm telling you!). I have even begun looking forward to the moment I step out of the house, just so I can thaw in the glorious 40-degree heat!
These days, I am constantly suffering from back pain. And while I know that 50% of that pain probably comes from sitting too long in front of the computer, and sleeping the wrong way, I am convinced that the other 50% comes from the damn A/C!