English temperature has been pretty cold recently and will stay cold for a while. We didn't have snow until the evening. As I am writing these lines it is changing dramatically, with snow falling from the sky like in my homeland. The school I am working for will most likely close tomorrow and pretty much everything in Québec. This made me wonder about the way they deal with winter here.
I am feeling pretty good when it snows here. The temperature gets slightly warmer and I have the right kind of boots to walk without much problems. Unlike the locals, who cannot deal with snow. Everything is on a standstill when it snows even just a few centimeters. They don't have the right equipment to shuffle it, the cars don't have winter tires, it's like a white Apocalypse Now for the English people. I think it will change for future years, as winter seems every year to be getting more like...well, winter.
So I have no problem with snow and I am sometimes smug about it. It is when it gets slightly below zero that I have issues with English winter and stop being smug. I often find it barely more bearable than our minus 30 we get in Québec. Inside, the houses are often badly insulated, I often feel cold. Except in this flat, because the attic gathers the heat for the rest of the building. Almost everywhere else, I often end up freezing. Outside, it's worse, especially in the morning and at nighttime. I find the cold air unbearable here. My Timberland coat does not cover me enough and the coat I bought in Liverpool is good, but not below zero. I miss my winter coat which is hanging in our Montreal flat. I will probably bring it back here one day. One cannot behave like a man of the North without the proper clothes.
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