Posted by: kam6761 | July 5, 2008

Winter in Namibia (the first in the blitzkrieg)

After Michelle’s latest blog comment, I realized I have yet to address what “winter” is like here in Namibia. (As we are in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed for us; so while those of you in the northern half of the planet are enjoying summer, we are in the winter months.) Contrary to what you may think from the pictures from my last post, it is NOT cold. Mornings and evenings are comparable to an autumn day, while the daytime is your stereotypical African weather—warm to incredibly hot. Nonetheless, what is comfortable weather for me (we’re no longer constantly huddled by the fan!) is very cold for Namibians. My colleagues don’t understand how I can bear to wear short sleeves, despite the fact that the daytime temperatures are around 80°F. The learners come to school in winter hats, scarves, gloves (many learners are “so cold” that they wear the gloves throughout the day), and full winter coats. It is not uncommon for one of us to be walking outside, feeling perfectly comfortable, and see Namibians shivering. So there you have it, the explanation for my winter clad learners.

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  1. I never realized that the way we perceive temperature is learned…I guess everything is relative.

    I guess Namibia will be one of the few countries to enjoy global warming…eek!

    Hedgie made a comeback this weekend after we watched a BBC special “Life of Mammals” on insect hunters, and hedgehogs were featured along with (many!) African mammals such as the Pangolin, Elephant shrew, and the golden mole. Have you ran into any of these creatures? There was also a clip of a giant anteater ripping open termite mounds in Brazil that reminded us of the book you and Dan put together before you left. Disgusting little buggers.

    Take care, xoxo,
    m.

  2. Dear Kathryn and Dan:

    Aunt Lorna would be VERY happy with winter in Namibia. It is now in the 70-90’s here in Oregon, depending upon the week; our “summer” months.

    After leaving “Hot-lanta in 2004” – she is still wearing cashmere turtlenecks, heavy sweatsirts, fleece vests, long pants, stockings, sweaters…and, on occasion, my down coat meant for summiting the top of Mt. Rainier!

    It IS probably freezing to Namibinas…but I would test them all for thyroid conditions too. Diet and environment go hand-in-hand when it comes to physiology. : – )

    Hugs, Aunt E.


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