For the first time in three years, I was able to go home for Christmas. I love exploring the world, and it occurred to me that most of the people I met in Japan cannot imagine winter in my hometown – Kapuskasing.
Where I live in Kurashiki, the coldest average temperature is only 5°C. Having grown up in Kapuskasing (Kap for short), which is in northern Ontario, Canada, 5°C is beautiful fall weather! People are in utter disbelief when I tell locals that to me, Kurashiki doesn’t have winter because 5°C is fall, not to mention when I tell them that -40°C is not uncommon for the middle of winter in Kap.
When I show them this picture (below) of my friend in -40°C, their reactions are hilarious; they can’t fathom that level of cold weather.
Of course, that probably won’t happen this year with El Niño, but I still got quite the cold shock during my visit. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this introduction to winter in my hometown – Kapuskasing – for this week’s Photo Friday. 😀
The photo above is atypical; there’s usually much more snow. The photo below is the norm.
The red caboose that you see is the souvenir shop and entrance to the Ron Morel Museum. It’s open seven days a week in the summer, and it’s FREE! I worked there in the summer of 2007, and chatting with visitors and showing them, especially the children, the exhibits featuring the town’s history and of course, the mega train model, was a great way to pass the summer.
Have you ever experienced winter like this?
Which would you choose, winter in my hometown – Kapuskasing, or summer with 100% humidity in a place like India, Japan, or Florida?