There are two kinds of people in this world, roof dwellers and cave dwellers.The deeper pockets of roof dwellers enable them to live in apartments that receive direct sunlight and offer unfettered views. Their homes are light and airy, even in winter. Cave dwellers, on the other hand, live in damp hovels that attract bugs and have mold growing along the baseboards.
I am a cave dweller.
My studio apartment is on the ground floor, set back from the street and off the courtyard. It’s lovely, but is so hunkered down that my cell phone doesn’t work inside it. For me to have a meaningful conversation or even retrieve my messages, I have to leave my apartment and go through two doors until I reach the street (luckily, I also have a fixed phone). It has two large windows that open onto the courtyard, but, except on the brightest days, little light enters. When the shutters are closed, it’s dark in the daytime and scary pitch black at night.
In any other season, I would be a little embarrassed to admit that I live in a cave. But now that it’s summer, I have found one distinct advantage: coolness. I have heard it said that it’s mighty hot out there this year.You expect it to be hot in Rome or NYC, but not so much in Paris. Evidently it's so bad that some Parisians are actually buying air conditioners.
I can’t tell. Until I go to the trouble of opening my windows, removing the metal bar latching my shutters shut and opening the shutters, I have no idea what the weather is like. Even after the windows are open, I have to stick my head out and look up, past the other 4 floors, to see the sky. I’ve been known to get weather reports from friends on the phone before venturing out.