Oct 24, 2004, 11:18 AM
Post #9 of 10
Now, I don't have much experience with witches' asses, but coming from the Pacific Northwest (by the way, that's Vancouver WA, not BC--the original Vancouver, not the Johnny-come-lately) cold to me is low 30's F and below.
I just don't want to make the mistake I made last year in December on a trip to Florida thinking it would be warm. Though there were nice days my most enduring memory is wearing layers of clothing that were never meant to be worn together and still being chilly. So I'll pack for all fluctuations this trip and hope it's warm and sunny so I can swim at San Juan Cosala.
When I was in Bogota, Colombia, for a year on a teacher exchange program I became very aware that perceptions of what is cold or hot are very dependent on your personal experiences. Bogotanos are always saying "Que frio esta haciendo en la calle!" and wearing heavy coats. I never wore more than a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt. The coldest place was inside the apartment because there was no central heating. I told my exchange partner that she didn't really know hot or cold and would soon find out what those really meant when she arrived in Vancouver for the school year. Sure enough, it was 105 when she arrived in August and that winter, with wind chill factor, it was 40 below 0--cold enough to close schools, a rare occurance. Interestingly, -40 is the exact spot where the Farenheit and celsius scales meet. Bogota's warmest days are mid 70's and coldest nights in the mid-40's, without any seasonal variations because of being so close to the equator. But it Colombia it was considered a cold climate place.
Thanks for the input--always appreciated and useful.