No, but really. It’s freezing these days in Kathmandu. Two things aid to the cold: 1. no indoor heating; 2. the fact all my winter clothes is still in Croatia. If I tell you it’s 4 degrees Celsius outside in the mornings, and 18 during the day, you’ll tell me I am a wuss and cannot handle a bit of cold. What you don’t know is that it’s not much warmer in the house either. Let me see you get out of the bed in the morning when your room measures, oh let’s say, 10 degrees. Ha, not so brave any more, are you? That’s what I thought. Seriously, not having indoor heating is the worst. There is no way of escaping the cold. You need to shower, and occasionally take off your clothes. You need to get out of the warm bed in the morning and in the cold. And it’s not easy. Luckily, most of the days are sunny and you get a chance to warm up during the day, but then there are some days when the fog lingers and clouds set upon Kathmandu. It’s then when I really long for my coat and new Ugg boots. On days like that I also skip my shower. You see, water in Nepal is warmed up using solar system. No sun, no hot water. No hot water on a 4 degree morning, no shower for Ms.Z. For the sake of others mostly, I always hope a no-sun period lasts for one day only. Even though, in this cold weather, there’s no chance of breaking a sweat anyway.
We all know of these dear and near (European) neighbours who like to be comfy and warm in their sandals as well.
It turns out, this particular fashion is quite popular in Nepal too, though mostly among female population. With the colder weather girls don’t bother with getting warmer shoes. They simply throw on some socks and go around sporting their flip-flops / sandals. Frugal. Though I’m not sure it’s practical. I would assume socks get dirty quite fast in the never-settling Kathmandu dust, and from personal experience I can tell you it’s not easy walking in flip-flops with socks on. Kudos to very coordinated girls in Nepal! I will, however, very gladly buy Ugg boots and sport them until the cold is gone (maybe even beyond – my feet are like ice cubes all year long).
How are you staying warm this winter?
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