As I write these words on February 14 at my English conversation school in Kawanishi, Smith’s School of English Kawanishi, it’s 2 degrees Celsius outside. For my students here and in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi, that’s pretty cold. I think it’s cold too, but compared to where I’m from (St-Sauveur in Quebec, Canada), it’s not so cold. There, temperatures get much lower at this time of the year. At the moment it’s about -6 degrees (Celsius) there. A low of -12 degrees and a high of -5 degrees are forecasted for today. I think that’s not so cold for this time of the year there but for next Monday, a low of -21 degrees and a high of -10 degrees are forecasted! Yikes! Now that’s cold! Believe it or not, the winter temperatures in Kawanishi and Tsukaguchi are more like spring temperatures where I’m from, so I can’t complain about the temperatures here. It’s actually quite nice!
Yes, -21 degrees is very cold, but extremely cold temperatures like these don’t usually continue for long periods of time where I’m from. You normally get some milder temperatures mixed in with the really cold ones which make the really cold ones somewhat more bearable. With proper warm clothing (boots, a down jacket, winter hat, scarf and gloves) it’s not so bad I think. Besides, the below 0 degree temperatures of winter make the joys of Canadian winter life possible, something I’ll talk about in my next blog. Be sure to read it! (^.^)