|Winter Day near St. Jacobs, Ontario|
I love just about everything about cold, snowy winters. Tobogganing, skating, the white winter scenery, and, yes, even the cold. I feel heat very easily, but I'm not too badly affected by the cold. Last time I was in Canada for the winter (Christmas & New Year's 2008/2009) outside I usually wore only a sweater, a tuque and some thin gloves in addition to my usual clothes (running shoes replacing the usual sandals I've got used to since living down here.) My wife, on the other hand, was wearing long-johns, two pairs of pants, snow pants, 2 sweaters, a jacket, a scarf, a hat, two pairs of socks and winter boots, and still felt cold, even when indoors. But she had never experienced temperatures below 5 degrees, so it was understandable.
I miss making snowmen and snow angles, going on snowy winter walks, and seeing hoar frost on the trees. I miss seeing the unreal bluish world of a snowy night lit by the moon (with no city lights - it's absolutely beautiful!) I miss coming in from the cold to drink a cup of hot chocolate. I've never had trouble getting warm when it's too cold, but when it's really hot in the summer here, I can't find any way to keep cool; air conditioning just makes everything worse when you do have to go outside.
|Winter Morning in Playa del Carmen|
Another thing that I've realized is that a moonlit beach is as beautiful as a moonlit winter scene; even beach lovers usually don't know about this, since most of them enjoy the intense midday sun on the hot sand, covered with crowds of noisy people, neither of which are in any way appealing to me. I've come to love the beach, but when it is empty, quiet and abandoned in the light of the moon, or in the early morning, just after sunrise when the air is still cool and the shadows are still long, providing plenty of shade to enjoy a relaxing breakfast. There also used to be a somewhat hidden bar here in Playa del Carmen, which was very empty (probably the reason it eventually closed) and had tables out on the sand, and you could enjoy a drink with the cool breeze from the ocean.
Winter is the best time to be in Playa del Carmen, and it is also probably one of the best places to be in the winter, considering the general appeal of these temperatures. I've managed to find my own little pleasures here.
To avoid drastic cold and drastic heat, my wife and I have begun throwing around the idea of living in Canada for the summer and in Playa del Carmen for the winter. I can understand why retirees do it. We'd have to work out some details about work and school, but it could very well be possible.
(Christmas, of course, is an entirely different topic, and doesn't really have much to do with winter. I'm sure there weren't many snow flakes or toboggans in Palestine when Christ was born, but Christmas will get a few posts all to itself.)