It’s only the beginning of November, y’all, and I already need to put on my crampons to walk. I guess I don’t need to wait till January to write the article, so here it goes.
This winter marked my 7th year of living overseas. I have been experiencing all sorts of badassery in these past years. Mostly unnecessary ones. One of the basic skills of surviving I learned from winter in Quebec is how to keep warm. When the temperature plunges below -20 C, it is acceptable by society to wear double sweatshirts, a flannel long sleeves shirt, a pair of fleece long johns, a pair of thermal leggings, heated socks, a pair of jeans, a knitted, double layered wool beanie, merino scarf, and a full-body snowsuit with the hood up. You might want to skip wearing a bra tho because that would be just too much. Yet you will always see Canadians who still wear shorts in winter. They are basically polite zombies with a nice attitude.
Quebec is truly a winter wonderland. Winter lasts EIGHT frickin’ months every year, which means all the other seasons are compacted in only four months! Don’t blink or you will miss summer. Yep, the weather getting colder and colder starting in October, by Halloween, no kids can even go trick-or-treating in their costume without a thick layer of clothings. The weather plummets aaaall the way to -30 C easily in February and by this time, the snow would pile up higher than myself, and I am 5’7’’ btw. You can only see the ground again sometime in June when the snow has melted.