Winter chill

Brrrrr! It's getting cold here. Granted it's nothing compared to mountain areas, the Northeast of the States and Europe but it's definately not the temperate weather it once was. This will be my first winter in Kobe. Last winter I came often but still lived in Osaka where temperatures are slightly warmer. It's only a couple degrees but it makes a difference. I've already noticed a HUGE difference living here. The wind here is what really gets you. The weather forecast could say it's say 10 degrees Celsius which isn't bad, and it could be sunny but if that wind comes it will make you curse yourself for being so foolish and not wearing more clothes- that was me yesterday. It doesn't make it better when you ride a bicycle because you get somewhere faster but with you might arrive feeling frozen.

The great thing though about winters here in Japan are that, at least for this region, the number of days that the sun's out are far more than when i was living in Upstate NY. Apparently, the Syracuse area was number two after Seattle for most number of rainy and/or cloudy days. So I'm grateful that the sun likes to shine here and it can make the winter more bearable. For me personally, I prefer the cold to hot. Dry hot isn't bad but humid hot like here? No thanks!

Not sure how the weather is where you are but I have several friends in the UK trying to fly out for the holidays but are stuck due the large amount of snow. I would not like being in that position however, I'm very jealous of places that are nice and snowy for the Christmas season. More than anything this winter, yes even the fact that I can't be home in Hawaii for Christmas, is the fact that it doesn't snow. If it does, it's a mere flutter of flakes and would never snow enough to stick:( Please enjoy those outdoor snowy adventures for me and I'll live vicariously through you.

Summer coming to an end... But

I'm sorry I've been so bad at updating this. Summer is coming to an end. For me, at least here in Japan it's a huge relief because this summer has been the hotttest summer in like the last century or so. So basically the hottest EVER! As far as most people are concerned. It was pretty unbearable at times. But slowing the nights are getting cooler and my favorite season is approaching. Yes, the girl born in Hawaii is in love with fall.

Having gone to college in upstate New York I got my first taste of fall. It was amazing. The leaves of the trees on campus would slowly change and the supermarket would be full of many varieties of apples. I never did get to do a corn maze or go apple-picking (laziness on my part probably) but I enjoyed going to morning classes in the crisp weather and see the fashion students, at least the most stylish ones, would wear. Now that I'm living in Japan fall brings a greater variation of foods to the supermarket. Not only apples and pumpkin but also pears, chestnuts, persimmon, mackerel and other fish. The only thing about fall though is that I'm an island girl so it's always hard to let go of wearing slippers/flip flops. I used to wear them and then just wear a jacket to stay warm. My thing was that until there snow collected on the ground, I wouldn't wear shoes--->I feel a little suffocated in closed toed shoes.

But I'll get over that because women in Japan tend to dress nicely all the time and therefore dressing up in the city here is a lot easier than in a small town in Upstate New York. It's nice to unpack those clothes for the colder seasons and get ready. Part of my early fall will be spent on vacation so that'll add a new twist to things. Some places I'll go will be a little warmer than here, such as Istanbul, and others, like Paris, will resemble more of the weather of my falls in New York. I'm excited either way. A few new places and some re-visited such as Paris(visiting Paris in the fall has been a dream of mine). I'm very anxious. There's still lots to do and I need to start packing because as I've mentioned earlier I'll be in different environments and therefore I need to pack smartly as to avoid overpacking.

No pictures again. I haven't taken too many this summer which is sad. But I will post some of what I do have at another time.
Hope everyone has a lovely summer- and hopefully less hot than mine:P Until my next adventure;)