Are you actually cold or just pretending you have a winter?

Despite the Canary Islands being famous for their all-year round warm climate and sunny days, the autumn has arrived. The air is colder, it’s raining a little more and the temperature has dropped…by a few degrees. The Canarian people I work with, socialise with, work out with and even the ones who are on the street are all complaining of the cold. The amount of times I hear the words

Ay, que frío (Ohh, it’s so cold)

in a day are unbelievable considering the temperatures are still between 17ºC and 23ºC, which to us Brits is still ice cream and shorts weather!

I understand that my body will be a little different from theirs as I have lived most of my life in England where the temperatures can be as low as minus 10…but I don’t see how a drop in 5 or 6 degrees can affect an entire community of people so much. The scarfs, hats and thick coats have all come out. The only people seen wearing sandals are the foreigners (including me) and I get the impression that people judge me for wearing a light cardigan. I’m just not very cold!

Although I know that 18ºC is not a cold temperature (it’s the kind of temperature that us students try to keep our houses at – warm enough to be hotter than outside but cold enough to not spend buckets of money on the central heating) I can feel the difference in the temperature from what it was before. The air is colder…but I stand by the well known fact that if you can’t see your breath when you breathe, you surely cannot be feeling cold and have no right to complain about being cold.

I think that feeling cold can be a bit psychological, when you see people wrapped up in warm winter clothes and you hear people complaining about the cold and even the word cold….makes you feel a bit chilly. At the moment there are times when I feel chilly, which is totally different from feeling cold. There are also many parts of the day where I get hot because of the humidity in the islands. So, a bit like in England, I normally have to leave the house wearing a skirt, t-shirt and a light cardigan…but I have to have gloves, a scarf and tights in my bag in case I get the chills. Sometimes, it’s the other way around and I leave the house wearing jeans, a top and a jumper and within 10 minutes I am carrying the jumper and wishing I’d never put my jeans on.

Anyway, my question to the Canarian people is…

Are you actually cold or just pretending you have a winter?

Because it’s not cold!!!! You have a subtropical climate so quit complaining and man up!!!

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3 thoughts on “Are you actually cold or just pretending you have a winter?

  1. So funny! I’m in Panama, and just like in the Canary Islands, at 68 F (20 C), Panamanians in my mountain town don their SKI JACKETS, scarves and mittens. I guess it’s an opportunity to show off a different side of their fashion sense??

  2. Here in the north of La Isla de La Palma (as opposed to Las Palmas), the older local people often don’t own a warm coat so when the temperature drops in winter, they put on a dressing gown and take a walk outside wearing that.

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