Back then it was about women wearing cardigans in the 40 degree heat and here it's about boys wearing shorts in the -2 degree weather. Same old, really. What I'm wondering now is, are the shorts going to be dropped for longer pants as the temperatures continue to drop? That answer remains to be seen.
Ever since we came here, or even knew we were coming here in fact, I've been wondering how people dress for the reported -30C temperatures in the heart of winter. Short of holing up inside and taking a winter-long sickie, I figure people must have some kind of guard against the cold other than a giant warm coat and massive waterproof snow boots.
As far as I can see so far, as the autumn temperatures reach highs of no more than 5C, and often stay as low as -1C, people are content to wear leggings, skinny pants and jeans and sometimes skirts with thick stockings. There are some chunky scarves and a few beanies but not as many as you'd see in Sydney in say 10C winter weather.
My question for this post is, what do people wear on their legs to ward off the arctic cold in winter, because let's face it, this isn't winter yet, despite it being colder on average than the coldest it gets in winter in Australia. Do they wear stockings under their pants? And what do they do inside when they get to work and it's a balmy 20C in the office? Do they strip in the toilets and stuff excess clothes in their handbags? Then put them on again at lunch and home time?
These ponderings, and many more, are what are niggling in the back of my brain, making me want the real winter to come quickly so that all my burning questions can be answered. My only worry is that we'll have before the real cold starts and I'll forever be pondering!
If you've lived in a freezing cold place, what's your advice for the freezing cold?