Tuesday 16 February 2010

Winter wonderland

Now, I'm not much of a winter lover. I don't really like being cold. I can handle around 15 degrees celcius [60 F for my US friends] for about a month and then that's it. Ideally my favourite weather would be about 28 [82 F] during the day and then 13 [55F] at night for snuggling under a doona.  Thankfully I live in a country where I don't have to worry about being cold too often.

Then there are these people who go to the snow for their holidays. Snow + holidays = crazy. Why be cold and wet while you're on holidays?? Beach and sun are for holidays. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and any other snow sport are equally insane. This is probably because the few times I have tried these sports I have failed miserably. The last time I tried snow boarding my instructor informed me that I was the worst person on the mountain, unfortunately he was right. After that I hung up my [rented] skis for good.

It is strange to me then, that every time the Winter Olympics comes on I'm hypnotised. I don't know what they are doing, how they do it or even why they do it, but I find it fascinating. It's like a foreign language - lugeing,  bobsled, aerials, moguls - exotic, strange and yet romantic.


  1. I'm loving all of the snow tales and pictures on the US blogs I read, but I'm with you. Give me summer any day!

  2. oh rin im sadly hooked too! Was watching the snow boading this morning and last night it was speed skating! crazy...x

  3. Yeah, it's like a foreign language to me too. I understand nothing of it, nor the attraction... although it is kinda pretty! x

  4. I'm from a snowy place originally, but spent the last sixteen years in a warm climate. I have to tell you, when we moved back up to the snow a year ago, I was squealing with delight!

  5. Yeah, I don't get the mentality of snow bunnies (skiers, boarders etc) either.

    It's funny you're so fascinated with the Olympics. I've been getting flack at work today for being "non patriotic". Hey just because the damn things are in Canada does not mean EVERY Canadian has to be glued to the tv, right?

  6. I also love the winter olympics!!! Though some events better than others. My favourites are the ones based on speed - so alpine skying, cross country, bialothon, nordic combined, speed skating and short track. Oh and the sliding events. Ice dancing - thumbs down (the figure skating pairs is sooo much better :) )


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