Nov 8, 2009
Controlling the Weather
Thanks to the government, Beijing had its first snow last Sunday. We're supposed to get some more this week. It was unseasonably early -- and a beautiful snow for a normally dry capital -- but the timing was a bit poor, IMHO, as the heat wasn't on.
One of the unusual things about living in China is that the heat in our homes (via radiators) is turned on and off according to an official calendar. November 15th it comes on; March 15th it goes off. This year, due to winter's early arrival, they started the heat a bit earlier (yesterday). But it still hasn't warmed up yet, and the nights are dipping below freezing.
I'm not a fan of winter. But, I have my eye set on February, and I think I can power through the next few months. This is the only time of the year I really miss a car, as those 15 minute walks to work are brutal in sub-zero temps. I really don't do winter well.
Woe is me.