December 14, 2014
Yup. Winter has arrived in Korea. I don’t know if we mentioned it before, but autumn in Korea literally lasted up until November 30th and when the clock struck midnight we woke up to a freezing cold wintery December 1st. We’ve been easing into winter ever since with periodic flurries (is that a Canadian thing only? It means light snow!) and bursts of cold such as -2 to -7 degrees celsius.
So in honour of the cold impending doom of a winter, we asked for your plans on how to stay warm in the winter. We asked this particular question for a good reason, and that’s because we have many visitors at You Are Here cafe that are from different parts of the world, some that don’t ever get cold. We were curious as to how people from various parts of the world dealt with cold weather especially considering they may not even own any cold weather gear! That’s something that we don’t often think about, but seriously, why would someone in Singapore need to own a winter jacket or hat?
If you are from a hot country (WHOAAA HOT STUFFF) I’m curious as to how you prepare to travel when you know you’re going to a cold country. Do you have specialty shops in your country? Or do you arrive in the cold country underdressed and immediately find the first store you can buy stuff from? I always thought it would be an awesome business idea to start up a winter clothing rental shop that offers different types of winter clothing that you can use for your vacation. You could pick it up from the airport before you leave, and just return it to the airport when you’re done. Someone jump on that! And when you become a flourising business, don’t forget me, Martina, who gave you that idea.
So how do we stay warm? Simon is not a winter hat person, but he is a hood person. He claims that he looks bad in winter hats but now he has a beard, I think a winter hat actually looks quite nice on him. He looks adorable in our bunny beanies! Simon has heat tech underwear that it absolutely hilarious to see him in (which you never will) because it’s like a lumberjack wearing a ballerina leotard. Simon bought them at UNIQLO because they actually have his size but I myself get overheated very easily so I can’t wear any heat tech unless it is a very very cold day and I know I’ll be outside filming or snowboarding or something. I am more of a toque (winter hat..also a Canadian word I think) and scarf kind girl, with additional leg and arm warmers. I love arm warmers because it provides easy access to my phone as well as adjusting our camera gear. I do have a soft spot for mittens so I wear those on super duper cold days as well.
So let us know your stay warm routine! Do you face the cold or do you hide indoors ignoring it as best as possible? Also, let us know where you are from and how cold it can get because it’s always interesting to see how different parts of the world interpret the concept of cold!