Our bodies are smart…a bit too smart! Although it’s probably for the best, I wish there were some bodily processes that we had control over. The one that instantly comes to mind is acclimatization:
The process in an individual organism adjusting to a gradual change in its environment (such as a change in temperature, humidity, photoperiod, or pH), allowing it to maintain performance across a range of environmental conditions. (Source)
Living in Mumbai where it’s sunny & hot 9 months of the year has turned me into a major weather wimp! I wish I were exaggerating but the weather in London has felt brutal. I came home yesterday and immediately ran my hands under hot water because they were so numb.
said whined, living in Mumbai has also made me appreciate the cold..slightly. I’m sure the novelty of layering up will soon wear off but it’s a nice change to bust out the sweaters, scarves, jackets, and boots. Especially as I’m still jet-lagged and up before the crack of dawn, I have been starting my days with long walks in the park. As long as I’m bundled up well, walking in the cold is much more refreshing than humid conditions. More than that anything, the freezing temperatures add to the festive spirit and the magical feeling that December brings. Although I started the month off by saying “I can’t believe it’s December”, I actually can now. Just look at all the signs:
- Post 4-pm the streets are simultaenously dark & well-lit
- The trees look a bit like this:
- I enter my building and am immediately greeted with this:
- The color of my PJs are extremely holiday-appropriate
- My eyes immediately go to the “Soups” & “Hot Dishes” portion of the menu
- I’ve made a new BFF…and he’s pretty hot
Let’s just say that it’s almost impossible to not fall into the Christmas spirit while being in London.
What screams “December” for you?