Other than the air conditioning situation, she adjusted to life here fairly quickly, although to be fair we didn’t go out much
When my fiance Valeria first moved here from overseas, there was a major period of adjustment. After a year or so, she is finally getting comfortable and settling in, but for a while it was touch and go. There was the cultural element of course, because Val speaks excellent English, but she was still out of her element, and learning new words and phrases every day. She also had to adjust the foods she could find, and of course the climate. She was not prepared for this kind of heat and humidity, and the poor thing lived next to an air conditioner for months! She knew all about the climate here, but it’s one thing to know it and another to experience it firsthand, and it turns out she was not prepared for these temperatures and humidity levels. The central AC stayed running for about four months straight, even at night when it cooled off, because it was humid 24/7. I rearranged the living room and the bedroom, so that her side of the bed and her favorite chair were situated under air vents. Other than the air conditioning situation, she adjusted to life here fairly quickly, although to be fair we didn’t go out much. Once winter arrives I hope the HVAC system becomes less necessary, so I can start showing her around. Where she comes from it rarely gets over 70 degrees even on the warmest day, and her family had never owned an air conditioner. I am hoping the cooler weather will break her reliance on air conditioning, but we will see.