Living away from home is a lot of fun. The four seasons, the lifestyle, the travel, it’s all fun and games – until you realize – your body is paying a price.
This is not really a rant post – but more like something for you to consider if you plan to work away from home.
I’ve been told that the time it takes for acclimatization in Siberia is 3 years. I don’t know how true this is – but I can tell you that I am still not fully acclimatized to Norwegian weather. It’s nobody’s fault – it’s just that it takes a lot of time for my body to get adjusted to the climate here. Here are some of the sad things I’ve experienced:
1. Acne – it seems acne is worse in cold weather than warm weather. Who knew? I was told that by my dermatologist recently – guess I should have done a bit more research before moving ;)
2. Dry skin – oooh this one is bad. I actually have oily skin – or combination – but in Winter, my skin can get dry enough to itch and peel. It’s a really strange feeling, not to mention how unflattering it can look. Takes a few days usually, to moisturize it back into shape. Dry hands are another story – it is actually possible to have hands so dry that parts of your hand have dark spots due to dead cells. This type of dryness stings when the skin comes in contact with warm water. The solution? Heaps of hand creme. I think I can open a small shop with the amount of moisturizer I hoard :)
3. Food – a lot of European countries are not very used to people like me who do not eat beef. It is a strange request, indeed, to say “I don’t eat beef – but I will eat chicken, fish, pork, duck, prawns, and lamb.” I get a lot of strange looks. Also a lot of dishes do have some form of meat but you won’t know what meat it is. This is known as “big animal meat” sometimes and it can usually be a mixture of pork and beef. So to be on the safe side – I don’t eat anything that does not say one of the following: chicken, fish, pork, duck, prawns, and lamb. That way my conscience is clear :)
4. Ice – trying to walk on ice is like the best way to learn how to do a split. Really :) If you keep slipping on ice, at some point, you’ll definitely be able to do a split that will make your Yoga and Stretching teachers proud. But, jokes aside, walking on ice takes a lot of patience. I’m not very good at it. I have fallen down about 3 times I think – in 2008. That’s when I realized it was time for new winter shoes. I fell down and hit my right knee all three times. I can’t say it was fun, but I’m much more careful now. I buy a new pair of winter shoes almost every winter to be on the safe side. With the right shoes, you will manage – but I will probably never invite my parents to come visit during winter – the ice on the ground is not worth the risk for elderly people especially my parents who have never had to endure harsh winters before.
So there you go – some things to consider if you’re moving from home to work elsewhere :)