In 2016 I was in Eastern Europe, in a property on the Caucasus Mountains.
This was my first time outside of North America plus my most memorable trip.
I was leaning against metal piping underneath a window that just about burnt me. It was as blazing hot as a human can withstand heat before screaming or having a reflex. This is when I discovered that there are weird types of heating equipment. I asked my buddy why that sizzling metal piping was on the walls plus not inside the walls. He explained to me that its purpose is for heating their property. The whole process of warm water in a tank with natural gas plus then pumping that warm water throughout a property into radiators was also explained to me. Since I am lucky enough to live in a first world country where forced air is the primary type of central heating equipment, I was really able to care about my situation. The country I was in had an entirely strange energy grid where individual sources of utilities did not existent. If one person on the street did not pay their bills, or “stole” water/gas from the city, the local government would have to cut off water or gas to the entire street until somebody would cover the cost for the bill. This would happen regularly since the temperature was frigid more than half of the year. When one or the other would be entirely cut off, water would freeze in the pipes causing radiators plus piping to burst. In this region, people could not afford to just update a broken section to anything. Pretty much nobody could afford to call up a Heating in addition to Air Conditioning equipment supplier to send out a plumber or Heating in addition to Air Conditioning equipment dealer. Some areas of town did not even have any type of heating repair service in the least.