When I first left the warm Caribbean climate of my native Trinidad & Tobago to study abroad, people kept asking me variations of the same question: “Mattieu, why on Earth are you leaving the gorgeous tropics for the frigid temperate world?”
During my very first winter, which was spent in Canada, a.k.a. The Arctic, Part II, I asked myself the same question several times a day.
Indeed, no matter where you are from, or what part of the north you are in, temperate winters can be very unpleasant. Brighton is often purported as being one of the most weather-agreeable places in the UK, and yet Brightonians are hardly immune to the moist dark gloom of the coldest season. Continue reading