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It’s all about the equipment – Winter edition December 2, 2007

Posted by Raul in climate change, random thoughts, Vancouver.

Since I’m traveling soon, I had to come into my office and ensure that I would not be forgetting some important document (which, luckily, I discovered I was about to forget – MY PASSPORT!… phew, that was close!). As I’m sure you all know, it’s snowing in Vancouver right now, so I had to gear up and head out in the middle of snow showers.

When I first moved to Vancouver, I had no idea about the climate and weather here. I had no idea of the natural beauty. I was completely and entirely clueless. So I packed leather jackets and a couple of light sweaters. And then it snowed… in November… and I was FREEZING!!!

I’ve learned a few things about myself and temperatures/weather throughout my 12 years in this city.

  1. I don’t tolerate rain well.
  2. I don’t tolerate snow very well either.
  3. I am always cold.
  4. I like fashionable winter clothing.
  5. There is no sense of fashion in Vancouver – hence, 4 does not apply.
  6. Corollary: I should get myself winter and rain gear that will allow me to feel comfortable while traveling in the snow and rain, regardless of the fact that it isn’t fashionable.

Knowing how much I hate falling, my brother S kindly bought me a pair of winter boots (with increased traction, almost completely waterproof, great and sturdy support for my ankles). Furthermore, I have learned how many layers I need to wear in order to avoid feeling cold.

So, for example, right now I am wearing winter socks (thermal), thermal underwear (only the pants), a t-shirt, a sweatshirt, a wool sweater on top of the sweatshirt, a rain jacket that has another jacket attached (layered), toque, Thinsulate gloves, scarf, winter boots, umbrella and my iPod. And I think this is as prepared as I’ve ever been to walk out in the snow. For someone who loves warm climates, I think I’m doing fine for myself here.

Now, admittedly, I went out last night and dressed quite fashionably and quite warmly, but normally, I won’t care much about how I look (unless I’m coming to the office or going out with friends). Now, I am headed back to the cold…brrrr…



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