Kosovo + Cold = Lies they told me before I deployed

25 Jul

Yeah, Kosovo?  The Balkans?  Not cold.  They lied.  Not mild summers.  Nope.  Hot.  Miserable.

I don’t know why they planted the idea in our heads that Kosovo would be this horribly cold place where it snows for four months straight and summer consists of a few brief weeks of sunshine.  That is not what happened.  Kosovo is like Richmond.  Just like Richmond, only maybe hotter and with bigger mountains. 

Who were they kidding when they issued us great big wooly pants to wear over our uniforms, which we were to wear over fuzzy undergarments?  What were they thinking when they gave us several pairs of big thick winter-proof boots?  All those stories about snow – what was that about?  The biggest snow we had to date was three inches (a high estimate) at the end of March. 

Don’t get me wrong, the winter was cold, but it wasn’t full of snow with temperatures hovering around zero like I was led to believe. 

But the summer?  Oh the summer, the hot, sweaty, sticky, breeze is like opening an oven summer that has hit Kosovo.  Yesterday, just to give you an idea, the temperatures topped 100 degrees fahrenheit.  In fact, we saw 100 by lunch, and then, just to be spiteful, it continued to get even hotter. Um, 100? That is hot.  That is really, really hot when my only option for clothing includes boots, thick socks, long pants, and a t-shirt under a jacket.  This uniform is great for spring and summer, and even works okay in the winter because there are lots of things we can put under it, but the summer?  Oh no.  No, no, no, this uniform is not meant for the summer. 

So no, whoever you are who told me that Kosovo is “cold” with “mild summers,” you were wrong and if you see me, you should turn around walk the other way, because no, you silly little person you, Kosovo, this year, is not cold. 

[As a side note, many of our multi-national partners, which means the Soldiers here from other countries, actually have uniforms, normal, regular duty-day uniforms, that are made up of shorts and a t-shirt. Yes, they still have to wear the boots, but at least they are not totally confined in clothing like we are.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m not jealous at all.  Nope.  Not one bit.  Not at all.]

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2 Responses to “Kosovo + Cold = Lies they told me before I deployed”

  1. titus2woman July 26, 2007 at 5:09 AM #

    My darling and I were just discussing that you shared it was hot, hot, hot. We were surprised! You’d look SO CUTE in some of those shorts with yer boots…. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  2. ranjit j July 26, 2007 at 1:37 PM #

    very interesting post. i was scrounging the internets for kosovo war pictures but somehow managed to get to your blog. good work, nice photos, keep it up!

    cheers.

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