In our Windows on the World series, we ask Canadians living abroad to give us a sense of how it feels to be where they are right now. It’s a way to cross borders without leaving home.
Winter always seems to catch Londoners by surprise. As soon as the temperature drops, everyone realizes that single–glazed windows are the devil’s invention and that wearing a scarf over a T–shirt might not quite cut it. And if it snows? Stop all trains, panic–buy toilet paper and stop going to work. (This sense of fearful, baffled unpreparedness for predictable annual weather events goes for heat, too. Our office air–conditioning system shuts down every summer “due to the high outside temperatures.”)