My wife has a Canadian friend, or rather acquaintance as they are not very close, a mother of twins who is married to a Brit. A few weeks ago, we were discussing the coming winter and our attitude as people from a country famous for its harsh winters living in a country that is famous for being wet all year round. She said that she felt pathetic here, as she is always cold during winter and wear heavy clothes. It struck me that I do the same. I blame the poorly isolated buildings and the humidity, which is far more difficult to deal with than the cold and dry winters I grew up in. English winters, in other words, are not so easy to deal with as one would think, even for Canadians (or Quebeckers, for that matter).
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