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December 14, 2014

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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!

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  1. This winter in Paris has been surprisingly warm. We just got a few bursts of cold where it came down to -1°C but that’s it mostly. February is usually the coldest month though.
    I got an awesome winter coat for Christmas ^o^ it’s long enough to cover my butt (which gets insanely cold in the winter) and it’s got a fluffy inside layer and a huge hood with a (fake!) furr lining. I love it.
    Otherwise, my tips for staying warm are as follows: get good winter shoes with a thick sole, cover you extremities (head, hands and feet), wear tight clothing and layer, layer, layer! It’s not uncommon for me to wear two to three pairs of socks or leggings under my jeans. It maintains a layer of heat and keeps you warm.
    Have a nice winte and a happy new year everyone =)

    5 years ago
  2. I’m from Indiana, USA, and it’s not very cold this winter. It’s been hovering around freezing most of the winter, which has been a welcome relief from last winter. Last year it got down to below 0 F a few days and I walked pretty much everywhere I went, so that was annoying.

    To stay warm when the temp is 20 F or lower I wear thermal underwear and a thermal shirt, bluejeans, a shirt, and a hoodie. I wear a winter hat and I put the hood up over it. I also wear winter gloves and then put my hands in the hand warmer part of the hoodie and pull down on the hoodie so less air gets through at the neck hole. I don’t wear a scarf. My nose and cheeks can get over being cold.

    If it’s warmer than 20 F I’ll just wear a hoodie and jeans.

    5 years ago
    • Fellow Hoosier! Your nose and cheeks are just as important as your hands! Also, I am the girl with the blue hat and the blue face mask (with polka dots) in this video. Its so nice to see a fellow hoosier on this website :D And a hoodie and jeans was basically my winter gear every year.

      5 years ago
  3. I wish it were cold here in Germany, as in cold enough to snow. The past week all we’ve been getting is rain.

    5 years ago
  4. We’re getting more of a wet winter here in Portland, OR and we really don’t get a lot of snow here except for maybe ever few years we get a lot. Not too cold either, mostly around the 50s in Fahrenheit, but just mostly rain!

    5 years ago
  5. Minnesota has different levels of cold but general consensus I think is below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit). If it is below 0 degrees Fahrenheit then everyone starts asking why we still are having school. It can often be windy though so that makes it feel even colder.

    5 years ago
  6. I’m always surprised that it’s actually cold in Seoul, because i always think of it being similar to Tokyo there, and it’s really not. lol. here, it’s not cold at all, haha. and it really annoys me cuz i’m from Montreal, and it’s like 6C outside right now and people around me are like OMG IT’S SOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!!!!! and i’m like, are you kidding me? lol. And it really drops under 0 here, so it’s really not bad for a Canadian like myself. lol. I’ll have to keep in mind to bring warmer clothes when i go visit Seoul though!

    this speaker’s corner was short! but always enjoyable. and the girl with the black hair and red jacket in the second to last group, you are freakin gorgeous and you should model. i seriously hate you cuz you are so beautiful. that is all! have fun!

    5 years ago
  7. Hmm, I havent experienced winter. We only get horribly cold airconditioned weather inside then insanely hot when you step outside. Le sigh….

    5 years ago
  8. Montana! It gets pretty cold and snowy here, but the winter has been pretty mild this year, at least by the standard of normal Montana winters. Western Montana is the place to be though because it’s where the mountains are and they are SO BEAUTIFUL in winter. Well, they’re beautiful all the time, but especially covered in snow.

    5 years ago
  9. I’m still waiting snow but it’s just 0 degrees outside or even warmer! Nine days to Christmas, hopefully there will be snow then~

    5 years ago
  10. I’m from Quebec City, Qc, Canada and cold is just the usual thing. So I don’t mind the cold. Unless it comes with a SUPER ICY WIND THAT NEVER STOPS BLOWING. That, my friends, is horrible because unless you cover your face with scarves or what you want, you’ll be freezing in 2 seconds and for the whole time you’re out.It’s been this windy for a week or two here.
    My favourite way to keep warm in winter, when I’m home is to wrap myself into a big fluffy blanket and just watch animes with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee o3o. Outside, I’ll wear my big ugly coat, my giant circle scarf, gloves and big boots ^-^ I’m thinking of getting some leg and arm warmers…

    5 years ago
  11. Iowa here…feels like Mother Nature is having hot flashes. It’s been really cold some days where I’ve had to bundle up with layers while other days (like yesterday which got up around 50 degrees) I was just wearing a hoodie.

    When it does get really cold I tend to go to a nearby Farm & Fleet store to get my winter gear…especially my winter bibs b/c a.) my dogs love playing in the snow and b.) we can be snowed in for days before a plow comes digs us out…if they don’t get stuck down our road again.

    5 years ago
  12. Texas here, but it’s a huge state and, contrary to another post, in north Texas we not only own coats but we own multiple coats and usually have snow ski gear too for our annual invasion of Colorado. Favorite way to stay warm is to cuddle with a puppy in a big blanket. If we must go out, thermals, coats, hand and toe warmers & a steaming cup of coffee are the order of the day.

    5 years ago
  13. I’m from WI, too. However, Korea-cold and WI-cold are different! I feel like since there’s more moisture in the air in Korea, I have a hard time staying warm outside — I feel cold in my bones. In WI, I just have a coat, and all that jazz, and I’m fine. Here, that is not the case. In WI, recreational winter sports are great (more snow helps that as well) but I barely want to go outside in Gwangju.

    5 years ago
  14. “So much for our Youtube debut” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA so funny XD

    5 years ago
  15. I’m from North Queensland in Australia so no Winter here really. Right now it’s really hot ugh, it’s the worst ㅠㅠ. The coldest it gets is probably about 14°C overnight in Winter. As for travelling to colder climates, I’ve managed to buy what I need here most of the time. However, when I was living in France I managed to get a lot of Winter clothes there such as thicker scarves and beanies, so I when I travel to cold climates I use those most of the time. The Christmas I spent in Sweden (2008) I received a lovely wool scarf from my friend’s family so I like to use that when I travel to cold places. Most of my extended family live in Melbourne, and it gets quite cold there in Winter so I’ve also got things from there or I’ve borrowed my Nanna’s jumpers so snuggly warm =D.

    5 years ago
  16. ohmaglob so many Wisconsin comments on here! REPRESENT~

    5 years ago
  17. I live in Wisconsin, where we frequently have what people like to call a “polar vortex” in winter where it can get as low as -40F…there is no way to stay warm here…you just become less cold.

    5 years ago
  18. How I stay warm is I stock up on Hot chocolate and coffee and figure out where I stored my winter hats and coats. When I travel I always pack a winter coat and hat and pray I can find coffee shops.

    5 years ago
  19. Stay warm?! Here in Vegas it just feels like fall

    5 years ago
    • Hahahaha! It does get cold here though. At night it gets close to freezing, but during the day, it’s not that bad. To stay warm at night, I roll into a burrito (and think about eating one), grab hot chocolate, sit in front of my heater, and watch my shows:D Stay warm guys (and make snow Spudgy and Meemers ;p)!!

      5 years ago
  20. Sounds exactly how winter came to Anchorage, Alaska this year. We literally had no snow and it was strangely warm during the last bit of fall up until December 1st! And BAM! My windshield was frosty and snow fell like crazy for the first two days! But it hasn’t lasted. Global warming is real!!!!!

    5 years ago
  21. You should come to Wisconsin and find out what a real winter is like! Though not right now, we are going through a heat wave this past week of temps around 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit. Anyway, to stay warm, wear layers of clothes. Also a hat, scarf, and gloves. I only ever wear skirts or dresses, so I make sure that I have a pair of leggings on and some fashion boots that go up to just below my knee. Wool socks are really nice too, but I only really wear those to bed.

    I am super excited to get my EYK winter gear. It should be here in a few weeks. I am especially excited about the arm warmers. Sometime if it is really windy, the breeze goes right up your sleeves. Burr! I am interested to see how the EYK gear holds up to our winter temps.

    5 years ago
    • Madison, Wisconsin here. My tips are, starting with the obvious, (a) don’t spend too much time outside. When its really cold out, going outdoors is to get you places, don’t meander. (b) start with smaller increments of clothes. Generally by October, I’m just wearing thicker shirts, November a sweater over a shirt. Anything over 25º just gets a thick sweater or a thin felt pullover, unless there’s windchill. (c) where and when to put on your coat— unless the wind is high, I always put on my coat outside. That first brace of really cold air, allows you to add something pretty light and immediately feel warmer. That’s great. Though, if there’s wind, put your coat on instead. That thin layer of warmer airer, will help against the blistering wind, also a scarf or something to warm the air before it hits your nostrils. Nothing worse than choking on ice cold air.

      I’ll admit to being warm blooded, so that helps a lot, but I have a friend who starts off late fall, in winter coats. By the time winter actually hits and you have zero and below temperatures, there’s almost nothing she can do to get warm— multiple coats, layers of clothing, etc. Meanwhile, if you can get me out, when the temperature is that low, generally a warm shirt, jeans, and a pullover jacket is fine.

      5 years ago
    • Yupper-doo. I live as far north in Wisconsin as you can go. I think I can see The Wall from my porch.

      5 years ago
  22. There is a joke in NYC that people who move there from Texas stubbornly never buy an actual winter coat. I know from one of my sister’s friends from Texas that never bought a coat for the 5 years that she lived in NYC. She just kept layering jackets and scarves.

    5 years ago
    • JC

      I know a few Texans. Doesn’t surprise me.

      5 years ago
  23. I live in montreal, Canada and it is already so cold outside! We had our first snowstrorm last weekend, but I hope winter won’t be as cold as last year because for two or three week we had temperature around -30C. I think winter is our longest season since it goes from mid november to the end of march or mid april. I will try to survive this year too!

    5 years ago
  24. http://www.expressen.se/omtalat/sa-julpyntar-du-din-hipster–skaffa-julkulor-till-hans-skagg/ just something funny for the bearded among the nasties hehe

    5 years ago
  25. Min

    Having lived for around 20 years either near or in Mount Baldy, California, I used to be able to tolerate the cold much better since there were winters on the mountain that went down to -10C but usually stayed in the -1 to -5C during the peak of winter when even the area at foot of the mountain had ICE up the wazoo with temp that were 0-5C but felt colder due to the chill caused by the breeze. I was fine with just a nice thick hoodie, jeans and knit gloves, but now after living in Merida for almost 7yrs (Merida is about 3-3.5h drive from Cancun) I am freezing when I visit home. I wear about three layers on top and about 2 layers on the bottom as well as leg and arm warmers. I look like I’m ready to go to the arctic and am now the butt of every family joke. In Merida our winters are extremely mild our lowest temperature is 20C and oh my god I still freeze. The first year I wore shorts and spaghetti strap shirts year round the second year I upgraded to a t-shirt and jeans in winter and now I wear a shirt and a pullover sweater and at night I add a zip up hoodie when I’m inside the house. I don’t have heaters or AC at my brick and mortar home so I freeze and I bake depending the time of year, and right now it’s freezing time. (at the Starbucks in Merida I’m the sweater and blanket lady :p)

    5 years ago
  26. You guys know I am from Barbados, in the Caribbean. Children here start wearing sweaters if it even gets a little rainy. It never drops below 20 degree Celcius here. But Christmas time is the time of year it starts to drop to those temps at night. I use a fleece blanket, yes, in the tropics, a fleece blanket.

    I hate cold weather with a fiery passion. Hates it precious. After living in the US for seven years, I have had enough of winter. I still have all of my winter gear though: giant burrito down coats and jackets and wool scarves. I used a lot of layering because in NY especially places go from super heated indoors and in trains to the frigid outdoors. Had to be able to unzip and take off things with ease so as not to bake. I only used thermal underwear for when I went out to do things like ski or skate, which didn’t happen very often.

    This is very coincidental because I am currently unpacking all my winter gear, washing and airing it because a coworker is traveling to the UK tomorrow and she has no winter stuff. I am lending her scarfs and coats. Also we will have people meet us at the other airport with clothes and coats. I prefer having my own stuff though. I like stuff like arm warmers and knitted stuff with bright colours. I am gearing myself up for having to deal with winter again at some point though. Need to leave the island to go explore some more.

    5 years ago
  27. Hey I´m from germany :D
    winter changes every year somehow a little bit, but most of the times winter strucks in january and is about maybe between 0 and -5°C sometime even -10°. I´ll cover with scarf and hat (I love scarfs and hats <3) and gloves with layers of clothes and a coat. nothin special. But we don´t get sooo much snow and it easily melts in the city :(
    until now we don´t have any winter :( it´s about 5°C and wet and rainy… one week was like cold and freezing but it got warmer again.
    also I hope it´ll be snowing and gettin colder in the alps :( until now there is not so much snow for skiing.
    gosh i LOVE winter -10°C is best temp. in winter *-* give me some snow and winteeer!!

    5 years ago
  28. I’m from Lithuania and at around the end of January the temperatures drop to -20. But normally it ain’t that cold. Lately the temperature was varying between 0 and -9. And snow keeps coming and going. I really want the real winter to start already *sigh*
    Anyways… how I personally protect myself from the cold? Layers. Lots and lots of layers. And I have one coat and a pair of shoes for early winter (up to -12) and then another set for the “deep” winter (-12- -25). The “deep” winter kit includes a leather fur coat and leather boots with natural fur inside (they are 20+ years old and still in awesome shape. quality product) + woolen socks with some bunny fur knitted into them (hand-made gift from my mom). And two layers of scarves + a ushanka. (and of course tons of layers. Sometimes, when it’s really cold I wear 2 layers of gloves and leggings+stockings+pants. (on windy days)

    I have noticed, though, that even though the temperatures are milder on the coastline of my country, but physically it feels like it is colder there. because of the wind. You just can’t escape it. One way or another it finds a way to get under your clothes. brrr…

    5 years ago
  29. Hallo! I’m from Manila, Philippines where it’s practically summer year round: mid-late 20’s to early-late 30’s (Celsius). The closest thing we have to snow would be the shaved ice on the desserts we eat to keep ourselves cool. Ha. December to February are our coolest months, and even so, with the occasional 16-20 degree weather–that’s still like summer in some parts of the world, right?! (But that’s already “winter” for us!)

    So for me, one of the main reasons I travel abroad would be to experience the other 3 seasons I never, ever got to. (What the heck is snow?! Trees can turn orange or red–are you kidding me?!) Fall and winter in particular were such a joy to experience, precisely because I’ve never seen trees change to bright colors nor experienced falling snow. Shoveling snow out of the driveway thus became a fun activity (and exercise workout), instead of a chore, when I visited Canada. So if I were to choose a holiday destination, hot places like Manila would be a far second choice, unless there’s a compelling reason to visit, such as to visit a friend or eat glorious food.

    Martina, the idea to rent winter wear is a really cool one–because you open up more space in your suitcase, plus you have your hands free for other stuff instead of lugging around thick coats on the plane when you depart ;o) Those who hate shopping would appreciate that, too, but that would never work for me because I get excited shopping for my own winter gear. I’m soooo jealous of you guise who live in temperate climates as you get to wear fashionable spring/fall/winter attire like boots, coats, warmers, hats, scarves, knitwear–all of which are too hot to wear in most of the Philippines (unless you live in the mountains or the typhoon-swept northernmost islands). So if you experience the 4 seasons–you’re soo lucky! Apart from enjoying the changing seasons, you get to express yourself through fashion in so many more ways.

    There are plenty of foreign branded shops here like Zara, Marks & Spencer, Uniqlo, Forever 21, North Face, Columbia Sportswear, Aldo (and recently, H&M), and many more, where you can purchase winter gear. I bought most of mine during an end-of-season sale (before my first visit to North America in winter) because winter clothes tend to be expensive in general–of course, in contrast to “summer” clothing I’m used to shopping for. :o) When I travel abroad, I grab the opportunity to buy when there’s a sale or go to outlet stores to get the best deals.

    The winter gear I own do gather dust in the closet but that just gives me more motivation to plan for my next trip… (and wish harder that the earth’s axis would tilt by a few degrees so we can experience snow here for once. That would be catastrophic and I’m being selfish, I know, but… Snow! Leather boots! Cozy coats!)

    PS. I’ve been a quiet fan of your videos for years, but it’s my first time to comment because I’m really shy # #. Thank you for reading and allowing me to share my thoughts!

    5 years ago
  30. Living in the Seattle USA area there are zones that will get all the snow and ice and every where else will get rain. Our temps hover around freezing from December to mid March. It usually is rainy and cloudy. So our winter ware of a water proof jacket, a sweeter and water proof shoes. Winter hats and scarfs can be annoying, as they can get soaked and only make you colder.
    My favorite part of living where I do is when it does snow. I take a picture of the 5 inches of snow, send it in to work where there may be a little or no snow. It is way safer to stay at home and avoid all the crazies. It is very common for folks to not go to work or school when there are 2 or more inches of snow in there area. Those days are treasured as random surprise holidays.

    5 years ago
  31. Please send some cold weather my way! It’s been unseasonably warm even for this area (Far west Texas). It’s basically felt like spring all of fall, minus a few days. Average for December is 57ºF and we’ve been in the 70ºFs. Even my friend’s kids can’t get into the Christmas spirit with this bizarre warm weather.

    5 years ago
  32. Americans (in the northern states) call light snow flurries too. I live in Chicago, and I have to walk around a lot in cold weather. Basically, hat, gloves (preferably leather or suede, lined with something fuzzy and warm.) scarf, heavy LONG coat (for leg protection). Fuzzy, heavy socks. Mittens are nice, but you sometimes have to layer them with stretchy gloves because cold air whips right through knitted mittens.

    5 years ago
  33. I’m in North Carolina so far this winter has been pretty mild. This week its in the mid-50’s(Fahrenheit, I’m too lazy to convert to Celsius) But I think typically its colder in January anyway. I don’t like hats or scarves so I’m usually fine in my winter coat. It can sometimes get into the teens and for those days I like to stay home and drink hot chocolate.

    5 years ago
  34. Oh wow, this is actually incredibly relevant bc I’m leaving for Tokyo in about 19 hours and I’m really really super scared of how cold it’s gonna be :( . I’m from Singapore and I have never been to a winter climate before! We do have UNIQLO stores all around the country and some other stores like Winter Time selling clothes for winter.

    The thermal wear in UNIQLO is apparently cheaper (?) than other stores – it’s still like $20 for a long-sleeved shirt and maybe $15 for tights? I heard it’s much cheaper in Tokyo.. winter clothes are probably overpriced here considering the really small demand here.

    I’ve only packed to wear about three to four layers a day (I’ll be there till the 23rd) so I hope it’s enough!

    5 years ago
  35. JC

    It doesn’t get relatively cold where I am (Southern California). We tend to freak out if it gets anywhere near freezing, but that’s partially because it kills off our beloved orange trees. What little chill does happen is just a good excuse for a half dozen heavy quilts on the bed. And the few times I’ve gone up to the mountains to see snow, I just play in a couple of sweaters and tennis shoes and drink hot chocolate after next to the heater.

    When I lived in China, I experienced real cold, -40 C. I had to buy most my winter gear there; too bulky to pack and they had better quality there anyway. My strategy for going outside (only when I had no food left) involved at least 4 layers. My sheepskin boots were my favorite part of winter gear. They were male construction worker boots, but there was no way I was going to walk on ice in the expected winter footwear for women – stiletto boots. I got stared at and laughed at and pointed at for being a girl in guy’s boots, but I survived winter without breaking any bones.

    5 years ago
  36. I love the cold! I went to college outside of Boston, MA and I honestly loved the frigid winters there. WAY better than melting in summer humidity, yuck. I also get overheated really easily so in winter I tend to dress in layers that I can strip off as soon as I get back inside. Sometimes, I’ll even bring a sweater in my bag, but only put it on once I get inside because wearing a coat and sweater is just too hot and sweaty if I’m walking around a lot. I totally love winter clothes, though, hats and scarves and gloves. And I knit and crochet so I tend to make a lot of those for myself and my friends, although my friends usually don’t really want them haha^^;

    5 years ago
  37. Speaker’s Corner is the cutest thing ever!
    I’m not sure if you’d want to read about Toronto, but this year isn’t supposed to get too cold unlike last year’s frozen hell. I cover up from head to toe and layer up with only my eyes visible so I can play outside. My street smells like campfire and Christmas this time of year and UofT campus looks very romantic under a layer of snow so it’s lovely being outside to experience it.

    5 years ago
    • Last year was terrible! When we had our meetup it was minus freaking 40!! I’m glad it’s not gonna be that bad this year.

      5 years ago
    • Oh and about waking up to winter! The same thing happened here on November 1 as soon as midnight hit on Hallowee’n night. The skies opened up, the temperatures dipped and roads froze over.

      5 years ago
  38. Here in Perth(Australia), our Winters don’t get very cold. I loveeeeee Winter so this really frustrates me haha. I remember a few years back when I was working at Ascot racecourse, I used to walk horses back and forth from the track and this is from 3:30am-7:00am when its usually the coldest time of day. There would be people bundled up in layers of clothing and still shivering but I’d be walking around happily enjoying the cold air, in a T-shirt and shorts because I got warm so easily XD.

    The only thing is the extremities. My fingers and toes get cold really easily, unfortunately :(. Even with two pairs of socks on my feet would still be aching from the cold. Having cold, numb fingers also makes it more painful when the horse goes and drags you sideways across the carpark :P

    5 years ago
  39. i love the cold, i would love it to get below zero here! it’s about 4-5 degrees rn

    5 years ago
  40. I am not sure if I would want to come during the winter months. I love the cold but its a whole different kind of cold. Keep warm guise

    5 years ago