My scottish granny always had a tissue tucked into her sleeve

and I think there is probably something to be said for that.

When you are walking in and out of sub-zero temperatures, your nose runs all the time. People are constantly sniffing or gently blowing into a tissue. Hence the revelation of needing a tissue nearby. While, I am not about to start tucking tissues into my sleeves (I do own  handbag or at the very least, a pocket) it did make me think about how differently I need to dress here compared to Cape Town.

Basically, what I look like every day

As beautiful as Cape Town is, its weather is notoriously fickle. You can wake up and get dressed for winter, by lunch time its summer and by supper it can be autumn and you never really know. It takes many years and testing out gut feelings to get it right. Added to this is the fact that different parts of Cape Town have their own weather systems. You could have thought long and hard about it and yet, the weather can still catch you unawares and then, there you are running through UCT’s Jammie Plaza in slip slops and a summer dress while the some mysterious torrential winter rain buckets down. #beenthere.donethat Basically, in Cape Town, you can’t go wrong with layers that you can take on and off as needed.

The wind in Cape Town makes the trees grow sideways sometimes.

In Oulu, it is quite a different matter. It is always cold. It’s just a question of HOW cold it is. Is it cold enough to wear all your thermals, some of your thermals or none of them. How warm is your outer jacket? How many middle layers do you need between your outer jacket and your inner (or first layer clothes) layer. How many socks do you need to wear on EACH foot? How warm will you be with the combined exponential heat of your hat, scarf and gloves?

These are all important questions when getting dressed, however, the bigger question you have to ask yourself is “How much time am I spending indoors verses outdoors today?” Because The Indoors is about 20’C to 30’C warmer than The Outdoors. This means that if you are planning to spend most of your time in The Indoors, you need to come up with an outfit that you can quickly and easily transition from the sub-zero to (the almost) balmy tropical temperatures of The Indoors.

You have to think like a triathlete transitioning between three sports in one race.

For The Indoors, people just wear what Cape Townians would wear on a wintery day (jeans, jerseys, closed shoes, girls wear oversized tops and jerseys over leggings) and then one massive jacket that could warm up a polar bear. What do you do with your massive jacket all day at university? Well, you just hang it up in the big open coat hanging areas and at the end of the day, you fetch it again. There’s nothing stopping anyone from taking your jacket. They just don’t. Hmmmm. How novel.

Public places to hang up your outer wear (notice the kid's onezie in pink)

I have noticed though that the better you dress, the less you sniff, the less you need a tissue or, heaven forbid, a hanky. So I think tomorrow I will go look for a proper snow jacket or maybe a onezie (just for funzie).


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