This year was a particularly cold one. The lowest temperature registered was 7° F (About -14° C) with a windshield of -10° F (-23° C). For a normal citizen of the New England region, it is not that cold, but for a Latin (especially me), it is really cold. Sometimes I felt like a polar bear was going to show up on my doorstep one morning.
Never have I ever felt such an extreme coldness in my entire body. One day, I was walking from the gym to my place and I was carrying a bottle of water with me. I put it in my backpack with just a sip or two left in the bottle. When I arrived at my place after the 20-minute walk I found the water inside my bottle had frozen! It was really shocking for me. That was the first and last day that I walked back home with those crazy temperatures, as I realized how insane my idea was.
Thankfully, this cold weather is gone (yes, one month after spring officially arrived) and I can walk freely without freezing. The grass is now growing again in the green areas and people are outside enjoying the climate and getting a suntan that a few weeks ago was impossible to get. The leaves of the trees are growing and everything seems to be better. Now I appreciate the climate of Boston during spring and summer so much more. I can leave my jackets at home and go outside without being covered in layers of clothes to avoid being cold during the day.
Today, I no longer have to worry about the terrible coldness, and I am enjoying the great things that come with warm weather: people jogging in the streets, birds flying, and squirrels climbing from tree to tree. My friends and I are planning to take advantage of these days, so we are going sailing at the Charles River in a few weeks. We will also go to beaches in Cape Cod which is only one and a half hours away from Boston. Bostonians are telling us to go there as it is a beautiful must-visit place before we go back to our countries.
I used to always complain about low temperatures in Mexico, but thanks to Boston and its weather, now I know the true definition of cold. As soon as I go back to my country, I will enjoy the awesome weather there.