The Winter of our Discontent

The weather this year has sucked. Really sucked. For months it's been cold or rainy or cold and rainy. We've had more "nortes" (cold fronts) than any year since I've been here and some say more than the last 20 years. I know, it's colder up north, I get that, but up north houses were built to stay warm, have central heating and everyone has nice warm clothes. Here the houses were built to stay cool and we live in tank tops and flip flops. One of my big reasons for choosing to live here was the year round heat and sunshine and this winter hasn't given me much of that at all! When I complain to my northern friends, I don't expect sympathy, truly, they are covered in piles of snow and suffering a million degrees below zero, but they can escape when they go inside. Here, when it's 9 C (50 F) outside, it's the same inside. Shivering, shaking fingers that just can't find the correct letter on the keyboard, icy cold showers and conditioner that is so cold it won't come out of the bottle. Who would ever have thought that in Cancun I would be wearing a wool turtleneck with a fleece sweater over it and a t-shirt underneath, long fuzzy pyjama pants and thick socks and still be cold?

We caved in and bought a space heater. Ludicrous! Space heater in Cancun? Yes, when we realized that it just wasn't going to warm up again we bit the bullet and bought our little life saver. We used it mostly at night to warm the place up before bed, but I'll be honest there were a few days where the chill in the house was unbearable and we sparked it up in the middle of the day. I've gone through more hot chocolate in a couple of months than I have for the last six years. There were days I actually wished I had gloves.

The weather has not been conducive to doing much of anything. Cancun is made for outdoor activities, but in the cold and rain the beach and jungle are really not that appealing. My skin is back to its pasty, white Canadian translucency, desperately in need of some sun! It's been far too long since we've been able to play in the ocean or catch some rays. Our exercise is limited to jumping around to Michael Jackson songs and using online tutorials to learn the "Thriller" dance.

This past weekend we headed over to Isla Mujeres to see some long-lost friends from Canada. The day was kind of "meh", cloudy and not exactly warm. I was wearing long pants and a heavy denim jacket and had Max bundled up. Our friends were quite content in their bikinis while I shivered on the beach! I think they thought I was a bit nuts, but the body gets accustomed to hot weather and can't deal with the chill anymore.

Of course the last couple of days have been nice. "Of course" because I've been at work and Max has been at school. It seems when we do get a nice day it's always on a work day. Murphy's Law is being enforced! I'm hoping, fingers crossed, knocking on wood that the nice weather is here to stay, though the grapevine says we're due for more "nortes" this year. I am sooooo over it though, I am ready for the three-shower-a-day heat again, bring on the humidity, bring on the days hot enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk! I WILL NOT complain about the heat this year, I promise on my honour, not a peep of "Oy vay, it's so hawt, the humidity is killin' me!". My mantra when the heat comes will be "Que rico, que rico, que rico!"

Comments

Kelly said…
Boo for yucky weather! It's finally staying in the 60's here in Texas, so I'll take what I can get. I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to live by a beautiful beach and not have "beach" weather! It's so tough to go from 100 degree weather in the summer to the 50's in the fall, I feel like I start getting cold in October and don't really warm up again until May.

Hope work is going well, and wishing you some sunshine for this weekend!
Аманда said…
It's all relative, right? I think I'm beginning to realize that us "Northerners" [have to] adapt to the cold weather, which is why 32 (0) degrees feels warm, and that 50 for you is just as bad as negative numbers for us. Though I would be freezing too if it were 50 degrees inside. Hope it warms up for you soon!
1st Mate said…
Pobrecita! Hope April will bring that egg-frying-sidewalk weather you crave. Here in Sonora I've had the heat on three times all winter and that was when the Capt. was around. Evenings are blessedly cool, days get quite warm but with breezes. Just about perfect.
Trudy said…
I live in Macario Gomez, 15 miles inland from Tulum and we, too, bought a space heater this year. I, too, have wished many an evening for a pair of gloves. I am from Michigan and love sleeping on a cool night, but the days and evenings need to be at least in the 70's thank you! You have my sympathy cuz we have been living it too.
Luciana Misura said…
When we were in the ferry to Isla Mujeres there was a baby bundled up complete with a wool cap. We were in bathing suits, but going from 5-10C to 25C will do that...

My husband, who is from Michigan, says his coldest winter was in Brazil, when we were living there back in 2002. The reason was the same you just pointed out - no central heaters, when it's cold outside, is cold inside of the house too. The worst is when you are going to take a shower/finishing the shower, ugh!

The weather here has been so bad that 20C with some sunlight in Cancun felt like paradise...definitely the worst winter I've had since moving to the US 7 years ago. This was probably the worst winter for the northern hemisphere in many years...
Matt Swift said…
Here's one Canadian that (now) gets it and feels your pain.

If it happens again, let me know - i'll mail you some winter stuff!
KfromMichigan said…
I feel for you amiga .. The cold sucks. I hate it, but at least I have a warm house! Hope you get to the beach real soon. Maybe on Monday .. your day and mine!
IslaZina said…
You have said it well. I get guffaws from friends when I try to explain it. Now tell me where you got that space heater so I know where to go next year! Or later this year actually. Perhaps like my post-Wilma generator, it will never need to be used!
garydenness said…
Tell me about it! Mexico DF might not be as hot as Cancun, but the cold this year has been ridiculous. I too invested in a heater. We await our electricity bill with little excitement!
On Mexican Time said…
OMG - no more nortes is right! We have friends staying with us from Cgy, and I feel so bad for them. The last week has been good, but we were at the Bahia Principe the week earlier and the pool(s) were empty, and we called it early at night...too cold to stay out. How funny is that? All the tourists were pretty irritated as many didn't bring jackets, and pants!! I have my Uggs, and boy oh boy do I use them!
Sue said…
I hope I don't have to remind you about this when we are in the dead of summer (remember how HOT it was last year?). But I'm in full agreement - this winter was just darn cold, windy, and unpleasant most of the time. I didn't really mind, but I felt so bad for the tourists. I hope your electric bill won't jump to the sky, a space-heater really sucks up the energy. I lit a big candle in our little chimnea (that I brought from Canadian Tire), and that seemed to take the chill out (but yes, we wore long pants and long sleeves and covered with blankets while on the sofa). Here's to good weather for the rest of the year!
sarabeck said…
I get this!!!! In Chile it is the same. Whatever temp it is outside, it is usually that temperature inside. And it can get pretty chilly in Chile (bad joke...I know). Chileans always make fun of me because I hate the cold. They think that becuase I'm from Minnesota I should be able to tolerate it. I tell them that they are forgetting that we have houses with INSULATION and CENTRAL HEATING. Unfortunately, not a lot of building in Chile are like that and winter can be kind of miserable.

Oh this is my new blog btw.
Sam and Bob said…
Hi...I have been following your blog for quite some time. My husband and I will be staying in Puerto Morelos for four weeks from the middle of April to the middle of May.

I am wondering if you could give me some information and pricing on the new Underwater Museum in Cancun. You can respond to my email address at: eplbobsam@aol.com

Thank you in advance.
I know what you mean!! The weather would get nice during the week, then rain on weekends. We had an anniversary trip to Holbox all planned, and it was pouring when we woke up Saturday morning. Spent the weekend indoors in Cancun. Worst part is that there's nothing to do indoors in Cancun!

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