I mean, duh, I knew it would be cold. But taking in the pics of what it's really going to look like has sort of freaked me out. I like to think of myself as a cosmopolitan girl. That I can accept and adapt to all kinds of situations and places easily. But the truth is when it comes to weather, I'm like a little country mouse whose never been off the farm, for sheezy. I grew up in Hawaii - perfect weather all year round at a comfortable 75-80 degrees, sunny (even when it rains, hence the Hawaiian Term "Liquid Sunshine") and never cold. It dips to 60 and people freak out in Hawaii. I mean they want to close schools. & yeah, yeah, we have snow on like 1 mountain on 1 island, but truly, hardly anyone goes there and its an anomaly. You won't find any ski runs or lifts, that's for sure.
& now in Okinawa, I'm in the same boat. If you don't know Okinawa, it's a little island about a 1 hour plane ride from Taiwan. It's a prefecture of Japan, but is influenced and geographically closer to China. Its climate is sub-tropical with humid 95 degree summers and winters that might dip down into the 40s if we're lucky. No snow. Ever.
My dad lives in Denver and worked for an airline. I hung out there and ski'd like crazy when I was young. But that was my exposure to snow. Let's say, at 5 days at a time. Most of my vacations are spent in warm climates these days. & for good reason.
& this scene, let alone anything more harsh, is kinda freaking me out, weather wise:
The city of Colmar in the Alsace region of France.
It's pretty and it's festive and it looks so darn cold.
So my closet full of J.Crew coats (Well, I've got like 2) are going to come out. But I still think I'm going to freeze! Any tips for how to stay warm from you ladies who are completely used to real winter temps that you can give a girl who's used to island living?