I promised you the story about my English speaking cab driver. He was so helpful and would be a wonderful model for cab drivers world wide.

First, I had forgotten about the fact that when traveling between E.U. countries there was no need to go through passport control and he kindly and knowingly reassured me that I hadn’t missed a queue somewhere and could be on my merry way.

Almost immediately I complimented him on his English and we had a discussion about how it only made sense for folks in the tourist industry to speak English as well as Spanish in order to provide a better experience for their many visitors.  While as I have said before, I like to make an effort before traveling somewhere to at least be able to communicate my basic needs, I had not had the time to prepare before this trip and was so comforted on arrival that I would not feel lost in a sea of people due to language gaps.

Eventually the conversation turned to the weather and how it had been 40 there that day and the day before. Of course with the amount of time I have spent outside of the US I knew this was pretty dang hot, and bless my cab driver’s heart for not knowing that and taking the time to convert that to F for me.

For those of you who have not lived in as many C locations, or those in C locations understandably confused by the whole F thing let me impart a little trick I have relied on over the years. The official formula is C * 9/5 + 32 = F, notice that 9/5 is close to 2. So if you fudge that and then fudge in the other direction by changing the 32 to 30 you get something much simpler looking 2C + 30 ~ F. And it works pretty well in the weather temperature range, as a matter of fact at 20C it gives exactly the same answer of 70F. Of course as you get farther away from 20C it is less accurate, so just fudge a bit more.

And if that doesn’t work for you, I’ll share something my friend Barb shared with me from one of her co-workers (they teach junior high math).

30 is Hot   –   20 is Nice   – 10 is Chilly   –   0 is Ice

So the next time you find yourself hearing or seeing a forecast in C (for the US folks) or F (for the others), don’t panic, fudge it.

Yassas,

Wendy

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