If I can’t stand the cold in Hong Kong, then I’m guessing that there’s no way I can survive the winters in college…that is, if i’m on the East Coast.
In my seventeen years growing up in Hong Kong, it’s usually (by our standards) freezing from December to February. Maybe it’s just me, but it has gotten cold earlier this year…and the “winter” is dragging on. I never anticipated that I’d have to one day take out my ski clothes even though it isn’t snowing.
Apparently, the cold is bothering me, despite figuring that it really shouldn’t be.
My friend (and mentor. And tutor) called Rhajiv came to Hong Kong from Pittsburgh, and he recently told me (and some friends) that it’s freezing in Hong Kong…by Hong Kong standards. Just to clarify, “freezing” in Hong Kong is anything below 16 degree Celsius. This entire week has been in its single digits, and I’m not really used to it because it was, quite frankly, unprecedented for a Hong Kong winter to be this cold. Yet, Rhajiv’s friends in the States told us to “suck it up — it’s way colder here!” True, but that only makes me nervous.
I’m excited to go to America, but I often wonder how I’m going to survive the winters there. It’s not just the cold — there’s also snow! Believe me, I love the snow; but I’ve never really been put into a situation whereby I live in that climate for more than a month. Perhaps it’s just how I was brought up — in a city where I never truly experience the truth about the cold. I guess I have no idea what cold is truly like…until I’m actually there.
Until then, I’ll still be wearing my ski mask to and from places. Hot chocolate would be nifty too…maybe. Who knows?