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  •  Happy Friday! Nice story about (10+ / 0-)

    learning the winters in Portland Maine.   I bet that was real cultural and climate shock for thr woman from the Dem. Rep. of Congo.

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    by TomP on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:42:36 PM PST

    •  My dad came to New England in the 70's (10+ / 0-)

      from Jamaica, in the winter without any winter boots. So my family knows what these folks are going through.

      -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

      by dopper0189 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:46:26 PM PST

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      •  my mother in law came from (2+ / 0-)

        the hot city of Duala in Cameroon to us in Berlin, Germany, in the middle of the winter in 1970. I remember well, how I pummelled her up with long woolen stocking, winter underwear, pullower, coat, woolen scarf and boots and a big cap.

        She was already around 65 or older (exact age was not known) and I see her til today how she "marched" through the winter storm, big smile on her face, giving herself a lot of somthing we would call today "thumbs up". She was one kind of a strong lady. I also never forget how she "tasted" her first snow flake... :-)

        One of her grand-daughters visited us in the 1985 in Washington DC and experienced her first snow storm there with us. She bathed in the snow like a puppy dog going nuts over the snow. Never seen such a playful adult being a big happy kid all exited over the snow.

        That being said I know that the hardest thing for someone not grown up in the cold climate is to learn how to dress so that you are not cold. Winter underwear is a concept more difficult to grasp than I would have expected.

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