On which side of the street would you walk? Your answer will most likely show where you come from.
For instance, most Swedes will without a doubt pick the sunny side of the street. In a country where there are several months a year when you barely see the sun you take the opportunity to be in it whenever you can. Especially since it may be nice and warm in the sun, but rarely hot. Like my Dutch husband said when he moved to Sweden:
"It's so weird, I can see the sun, but I can't feel it!"However, those who live in Spain (or other warm countries) know the danger of dehydration and will avoid the scorching heat of the sun by being in the shade as much as possible. So they will mostly walk on the shaded side of the street.
Let's have a look at the data:
No big surprises there. We all know it is hotter in Madrid, Spain than in Göteborg, Sweden. What I find more interesting than the actual figures, is how the temperature affects daily life.
Since we have moved to Madrid we...
- Walk in the shade rather than in the sun
- Bring lots and lots of water wherever we go (and drink from the many water fountains that are spread out in the parks of Madrid)
- Get up early to walk the dog before it gets hot - and take it easy during the warm afternoon
- Cool down regularly in the pool (an outdoor pool heated only by the sun)
Do you have any tips to share about how to deal with heat?
Or maybe, how to deal with a cold and dark climate?
The comments field is all yours!
(You can write the comments in any language you want - there is always google translate...)