home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photographs that remind me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

Here in Lisbon it is a warm 20°C on a sunny day in late May. I am dressed in sandals, jeans and a light linen top. Lisboans on the other hand are still wearing boots, opaque tights, cardigans and leather jackets. Some are even in puffer jackets with fur collars! I am sweating just looking at them.”

It reminded me of a conversation I had with my daughter in March many years when I was on holiday in Johannesburg. The temperature was around 19°C and again it was a lovely bright and sunny day. I was outside in T-shirt and jeans. My daughter, up from Durban was shivering in jeans and a jumper. “Ma” she asked plaintively, “Aren’t you freezing?” I smiled and shook my head. In England it had been a mere 8°C when I left. These were summer temperatures for me. She on the other hand had just spent the winter living in Durban where temperatures rarely fall below 20°C with a 90% humidity.

Everything is relative.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

27 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”

  1. It was 40°C here on Friday and today (Sunday) it reached 21°C. It’s too hard figuring out what to wear so I wear jeans with a short sleeve top and then boil or freeze on the relevant half. I figure it evens out.

    Lisbon. Sigh. I loved Lisbon.

    1. I seem to wear the same all year round. Jeans and Tees – long-sleeved in winter, short-sleeved in summer. Occasionally the jeans are replaced by a short skirt!

      1. Yes, that’s my usual attire. But not skirts. Shorts occasionally when it gets really hot. One of my favourite things about working in special education is that it’s acceptable to wear jeans and sneakers. Although I do usually wear a proper shirt rather than a tshirt.

        1. My thighs don’t really suit shorts 😉 I never used to wear short skirts as I have terrible varicose veins, but as I got older and decided I didn’t really care what other people thought I do now. When I was working I often wore very smart skirt suits and heels. But I am happier in my casual wear 🙂

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