Friday, December 16, 2005

Temperatures will plummet

Location: London, near Warren Street tube station
Weather: Warm
Last night when speaking to two friends on the phone, they both said "temperatures are supposed to plummet from tomorrow" (i.e. today). Despite howling wind early this morning, it is quite a warm day, I find. I just checked and the report says 'Cloudy, 10 degrees C'. I think this 'cold weather' is like Snufalufagus on Sesame Street ... one wonders if it really exists.


Blogger Kaivalya said...

Wow...10C sounds practically tropical compared to the cold we've been having in Toronto!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u seem to be enjoying the cold weather...which one do u prefer? your country temperature or the brits winter wonderland feel?

How is christmas in your country? do people put buy trees and listen to christmas music?

share how it is to have a tropical christmas

10:22 AM  
Blogger Kaivalya said...

I can't speak for Trinidad, but I can share my memory of a 'tropical Christmas.' I spent part of my childhood in Hawaii, living on a boat. We set a small tree in the cockpit and hung stockings in the cabin, put our gifts under the tree (the ones that would fit). Many people decorated their boats with lights (taking them up the mast on a line). Even though the temperature was very consistent in Honolulu, it did get a few degrees cooler in 'winter.' People there would wear light sweaters and complain of the 'cold.' Ha! On icey cold nights (like tonight), I miss the balmy tropics, but I enjoy the change of the seasons and the extremes of temperature - and love the snow.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Yes I do enjoy the cold weather. I have been wondering what it will feel like to return to 35 degrees celsius after this! Re Christmas -in Trinidad - I'll give you a brief rundown of it - yes people put up Christmas trees, buy gifts and decorate, some children wait for Santa, etc. It can be quite commercial - as I suppose it is commercial mostly everywhere these days. We also have Christmas foods like sorrel (a red drink), ponche de creme (a creamy milky alcoholic drink), ginger beer; in terms of food we have pastelles (corn meal 'pillows' filled with minced meat or - in my case being vegetarian - soya or lentils), there's Christmas cake (a fruit cake where the fruit has been soaked in rum usually for a few months), ham, turkey, etc. In terms of music, traditional Christmas carols are played, as well as parang (Spanishy Christmas music with instruments like cuatros, shac shacs, etc.) - and as of late, soca parang, which is a combination of soca and parang. On Christmas day or Christmas Eve many people attend church, then Christmas day is spent opening gifts and being with the family having lunch, etc. It's a very family oriented time.

4:18 AM  

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