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Winter blues

The HulkNo wonder this part of the country has a reputation for being unfriendly. You try to smile and make small talk while your teeth are chattering and you can barely feel your toes.  It’s only January 3rd and I’m already over winter.

Bundle up

stay warmFor the sake of those living in the northeast my message is very simple – bundle up. It is FREEZING. Think I’m exaggerating? Check out the weather in Boston.   30 F is approximately -1 C and tonight’s forecast 11 F is equal to -11 C. OMFG

Weather Forecast

How to survive a Boston winter

Back in September I wrote my first How to survive a Boston winter blog post.  In that post, I encouraged people who live in colder climates to book a flight to a warm destination because airfares are (usually) cheaper if you make the reservation ahead of time.

Today I’m in Florida.  Sergio and I flew down yesterday, Friday, and we will be boarding a cruise that starts out of Fort Lauderdale tomorrow.  Having this trip to look forward to has made the month of January fly by, and when we return although I’ll probably hate the cold, I’ll be in a much better frame of mind.

If you are living in a colder climate – I hope you too have a trip to look forward to break up the winter months.  I’ll be sure to tell you all about this trip.

How to survive a Boston winter

Starting this past fall I wrote a few posts called “How to survive a Boston winter”. I thought I’d provide some guidance for all those who may not have had to ‘weather’ a New England winter before. While many of my past posts can be adopted by anyone living in  a colder climate (you can read them here, here and here), this months feature truly is advice for those in Boston.

When the mercury drops and temperatures are freezing, visiting a museum is a great way to pass a day, but Boston is very lucky to have the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  The original building was modeled after a Venetian palace and home to the eccentric woman who the museum is named for. Starting Thursday, January 19th The Gardner reopens after a brief closure to put the finishing touches on its largest expansion in the museum’s 109 year history. If you visit be sure to go to the original building.  In the middle of her house is a tiny, but beautiful garden where you can literally smell roses in bloom, see a beautiful patch of grass and temporarily forget that the weather outside is downright frightful. If you can’t get away and find the winter too much to take then treat yourself by visiting the Gardner; it’ll do a world of good.

Hey summer…

It is a bone-chilling 28 degrees in Boston today with a steady breeze that makes you want to cry within minutes of stepping outside.  I know the past few months have been unseasonably mild, but I miss the weather already.

Here comes the sun

Since September I have been adding a monthly post entitled “How to survive a Boston Winter”.  I figure these posts can share some wisdom for people both new to Boston and new to colder climates (no matter where you may call home).

This past week I included my November post on the subject after a string of days with weather in the low 60s had concluded. I assumed that was the last of the mild weather (yes, that qualifies as mild in Boston at this time of the year).  However, Thanksgiving weekend has continued the trend of what has been a fairly mild and absolutely delightful autumn.  Yesterday Boston temps were in the low 60s and when I went out at night the temperature had hardly budged.  Today and through the next few days forecasters are predicting equally pleasant weather.  I know this will quickly become a distant memory so I feel the need to get out and enjoy the weather as much as possible.

How to survive a Boston winter

Each month I’ve been providing a bit of advice on how to survive a Boston winter, but really the suggestions are applicable to anyone residing in the northern hemisphere coping with shorter days and cold temperatures.

In September, I suggested one way to survive a Boston winter was to plan ahead by scheduling a trip someplace warm.  In October, I offered a more economical option by identifying a ‘cuddle buddy’ you can turn to for body heat. My advice in November is not as economical as last month but need not be as extravagant as September’s suggestion.

This month, I’m suggesting that you embrace the fact that you are living in what resembles  a frozen tundra and make the best of it by adopting the “if you can’t beat’em then join’em philosophy.” Book a trip to one of the many Gay Ski Weeks that are held around the world.  There are many options through out North America and Europe so choose a local option to avoid costly airfare and extra travel / vacation time.  In the northeast, the Stowe Gay Ski Week is a great local alternative.  If interested you can read more about the Gay Ski theme week many in New England attend, here.

Sadly, I cannot promise that the three friends above will be attending your specific ski week rendez-vous.