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16 November 2011 / leggypeggy

On your personal thermostat—it’ll change

At the yurts in the early days of cold weather. Personal thermostats are already in transition with some wearing shorts and shirt sleeves and others in coats and wooly hats.

If you are like most people, you’ll find your tolerance for different temperatures will change over the duration of an overland trip. Your body will acclimatise to what’s going on around you and the hots won’t feel quite as hot and the colds won’t feel quite as cold.

Just recently, we’ve spent enough time in the steamy heat of Southeast Asia that, almost without exception, my fellow travellers and I are feeling the chill in the hostel in Singapore. The air conditioning, which is turned completely off for half the day—seems to be permanently cranked up to high. Every time someone enters the dorm room, they say ‘Gosh it’s cold in here’. I’m doing the unthinkable for me—reaching for a lightweight long-sleeved merino when I’m inside and even outside in the evenings. I’ve even taken to wearing the merino tied around my waist so I can pop it on in shops are that über air-conditioned.

In a couple of places recently, we’ve had the option to upgrade to rooms with air conditioning and hot water in the showers. We figure, why bother. We’re just not that hot. Sure, it’s hot walking around outside all day, but you cool off when you stop.

Today I forgot to take off the merino before we set out to catch the ferry for Indonesia. I’ll admit that I was a tiny bit too warm with it on, but not so much that I rushed to take it off. And it’s now tied around my waist because I’m expecting the ferry to be chilly.

Our personal thermostats changed in the cold of the Himalayas, too. The longer we were in the ‘refrigerator’, the easier it was to cope. Although for a couple of weeks, my hands never really warmed up except when I was tucked into my sleeping bag and wool merino liner. By the way, I have no idea how cold it got outside, but several nights it got down to near 0°C in the tent. We were fine.

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  1. Sy S. / Nov 16 2011 2:05 am


    Where in Indonesia is the ferry boat from Singapore headed toward, docking? I had taken a cargo ship from Singapore to up the Palembang River in Sumatra. Then a ferry boat to Jakarta (Which went past Krakatoa (Indonesian: Krakatau) a volcanic island and was the location of the worlds largest volcanic eruption in 1883. Be a little cautious in Jakarta (big city) and parts of Indonesia for hostile environments… Then I took the railroad to Bali Indonesia.
    Enjoy Bali,

    Sy S.


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