December 11, 2009:
Genoa, Italy – Sunny 15C
Toronto, Canada – Snowing, -5C
December 21st I will be in Canada, but first I have the priviledge of sailing in the Caribbean for 5 days with my husband. I will be on vacation for approximately 20 days, of which 4 will be spent scuttling off to airports and hotels. With any luck I will not get stuck in any snow storms like last year.
But this adventure brings me around to my usual packing woes as I prepare my luggage for 2 extreme climates. This morning when I switched on my computer my Google homepage informed me that it was -9C in Toronto! I look out my window at the sunny seaside and 15C here in Italy and although I have been romanticizing the idea of a good old-fashioned Canadian Christmas I can’t help but ask myself “What was I thinking?”
I used to love the “snow days” we would have in Canada when all the schools were closed because the weather was so bad. Now I see that the Italians have something similar. It’s called a “teacher’s strike”. How convenient that it just so happens that today is Friday and there are only 2 weeks left to get your Christmas shopping done? One thing I have noticed since I moved here is that strikes always seem to occur on Fridays…coincidence? I don’t think so!