Cold weather. It’s been a long time since I experienced cold weather. In the three years since moving to Thailand, I haven’t really experienced any temperature colder than 15c. That all changed last week as I was working in Seoul for five days. The temperature when I left Bangkok is was 36c, six hours later I was standing in 2c temps with a solid wind. Wow. Hello Seoul.
And so we complain about the hot climate in Bangkok while those I work with in Seoul are worn down by the long, cold winter. Yes, the grass is always greener and after five days I was happy to return to the heat and humidity. I’ve gotten soft, cold seems a lot colder, my sinuses dried out instantly, my skin felt very dry and my lips chapped within two days.
The cold did feel good, it was nice to wear layers of clothes and a jacket. Other than the shock of the cold temperature, the thing that stood out the most was the lack of color associated with the cold temperature. The leafless trees and weak sun were a shock after coming from year-round technicolor found in Bangkok and Thailand.
Thailand now enters the hot season, which you survive just as you would a cold season: dress appropriately, don’t stay outside for long, try to keep a good attitude and hope it’ll be over soon.