Hello everyone! For this week’s Where in Spain Wednesday, I’ve got a picture from chilly Barcelona. Yes, chilly! It’s been awfully cold in the Catalan capital for a California girl lately. You can see the proof below. Does that look like typical sunny Spain to you? No, it does not, and I’ll tell you why – it is NOT sunny or warm.
February in general is just the worst month. OK, I’m
a bit very spoiled when it comes to sunshine, but this week has been bitingly cold with a harsh wind. My whole face is painfully dry from the wind, which has given me an extra-intense glow of guiri lobster red after spin class. (I suspect the instructor was worried I was going to pass out and crash off the back of the bike mid-session).
Luckily, this winter I’m a little better prepared for the cold. I finally splashed out a bit of cash on a few things that really help with the winter. First off, I bought a sensible coat. Although it looks pretty ridiculous to anybody from an actual cold country, it was definitely a wise investment. Those pretty wool coats are stunning, but they didn’t do anything to keep me warm. The furry puffy coat is also way more comfortable than adding layers and layers of clothes, as it has the fringe benefit of actually allowing my arms to move (always a plus).
And then I’ve gotten some things for my room that help too. I bought a cheap second-hand radiator, which I keep within six inches of me at all times. I’ve also got a big rug to cover the freezing tiled floor, and my mum made me a lovely draft stopper to keep some of the chill out.
Of course, my room still isn’t as warm as I’d like it to be. Spanish houses are designed to keep them cool in the hot summers, so they can get very cold in the winter. Before all my new warm additions, my room was very often actually colder than it was outside. When the temperatures are hovering around freezing, that’s not very nice at all.
Although my room is better now, the rest of my flat is still cold. I’ve become a bit of a hermit, spending all my time huddled under multiple quilts with my radiator within reaching distance. Either that or in the gym, which IS heated, and there’s a rather nice jacuzzi and steam room that are toasty warm. This also gives me the power to truthfully say, “Oh yes, I spent three hours at the gym today.” (It’s not worth mentioning that two of those were lying around rather than doing any of that nasty exercise business).
Winter in Barcelona makes think wistfully of California, where you might need a jacket to go out on a really bad cold day. Will this finally be the last winter I put up with in Barcelona? I don’t know, but I do know that there’s nothing that makes me miss California more than endless grey February days.
What do you do to stay nice and warm in the cold months? Is there anything you like about winter?
I hear you about living in a cold house and grey skies can definitely be difficult (I’m in Seattle right now… I know). Luckily I’m in a warm house (housesitting) with wall to wall carpet (yeah!).
I’ve definitely lived in a drafty house in winter and I know it’s not fun! You did the right thing with all the things you got for your room.
This kind of weather is great for projects though (if you can stop from shivering. Great time to be writing. Stay warm in Barcelona and keep productive 🙂
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Haha I wish my productivity went up in winter, but I’m so low-energy during the cold months that all I seem to do is binge-watch T.V. shows….or the Winter Olympics! I’m definitely a warm weather person.
There’s NOTHING I like about winter 🙁 I hate the clothes, I hate being cold, I hate that none of my nice dresses go with winter boots, I hate that my apartment is like an ice box until the state decides to turn on the heating, I hate that other people like the cold and enjoy stupid things like snowboarding on tiny hills in LV…
ROLL ON SUMMER! Great post by the way! 🙂
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Me neither! The only thing that’s slightly better about this winter is the Olympics. Come on, warm weather!!!
Can we not talk about winter? We have gotten so much snow in NY this winter, more so than in the last decade combined I’m pretty sure. I could not even get the car up out of our sloped driveway due to ice the other dau, Dad had to come to the rescue to put sand on it. This is easily the worst one we’ve had in forever–polar vortexes, sleet, snow, ice… On average since the beginning of January, it has snowed twice a week. It snowed today and is supposed to snow tonight. Outside is a dangerous combination of freezing rain and melting snow creating slush, which will most likely freeze overnight. I am actually going to upgrade my winter coat next winter–I’m splurging and getting something fancy like North Face or a black LL Bean coat(already have a pink one, long story haha).
Your coat looks fine by the way, you’d fit right in with the NYC crowd. Black and some fur–everybody wears it, including men! Also to really keep warm, my dad uses a burning hot water bottle every single night. Old-fashioned but according to him it really works.
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Haha I agree, I am SO over winter and we don’t even get a real one like in New YOrk. I hope things are warming up for you, that sounds really, really unbearable.
I’m with your dad, a hot water bottle is the best. My mom sent me one with a super soft knit cover, it’s awesome.
I went to visit a friend of mine in Tokyo last winter and her apartment wasn’t heated either. It was so cold we slept in down sleeping bags with our hats and coats on! I don’t mind winter, as long as I have a warm place to go at the end of the day. We actually just went up to NYC and I loved how empty Central Park was. Made for some great photos!
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Brr that’s really cold! Having somewhere warm to go inside makes a biiig difference.
Is it as cold as NYC? I went to Barcelona too but you sometimes don’t know what to wear cuz temperatures have many changes
It’s not as cold as NYC, but my apartment is REALLY cold!