Well, the winter weather has officially arrived in Chicago and we’re just a month into autumn. We’ve had frigid temperatures and snow (twice) this week.
In Chinese, people say wo pa leng, or “I’m afraid of the cold.” It’s not a fear as much as a dislike. And it was a phrase I learned early on in my Mandarin studies, which coincidentally aligned with my first winter in China.
It was in Nanjing many years ago and I can’t say I wasn’t prepared for living in damp quarters without heat. I stocked up on silk long underwear from Yue Hwa, a Chinese department store in Hong Kong. A trenchcoat (my heaviest coat in Hong Kong), sweatshirt and long sleeved shirts helped but didn’t completely keep out the cold.
My friends lent me a pair of maoku, or sweater long johns, which I kept on day and night. I slept in the room at the end of the hallway in this photo.
I also learned to drink green tea that winter. A lot of green tea.
Are you afraid of the cold, or do you welcome it after a summer of heat and perhaps humidity?