Monday, August 12, 2013

I'm feeling hot, hot hot

It's been a rough few weeks back in Shanghai. It isn't jet lag or feelings of homesickness that have me feeling a bit cranky though. It's the heat. Day after day, we have seen temperatures over 100 degrees F (or ~38 C). In fact, last Wednesday was the hottest day ever recorded in Shanghai.

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So how have I been dealing with these oppressive temperatures? By turning into a hermit, that's how. And on the rare occasions that I do venture out of the apartment, I find myself covered in sweat within minutes. Heck, I even took three showers last Thursday.

Which is why I find it hilarious that the women in Shanghai put on more clothing in this sweltering heat.

Yes, that is a winter jacket.

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In China, very white, pale skin is considered beautiful. And the women here will do just about anything to keep their skin fair, from skin bleaching creams to wearing long sleeves as the temperatures begin to rise.

And for the first time in my life, I have been praised for my paleness. Guys, I've found my people! 

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For years, I've had people tell me to get a tan. Or that my white legs are blinding. But me in the sunshine is like tinfoil in the microwave. A combustible combination that usually ends with me covered in a heat rash and crying. 

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So while I may not opt for wearing a winter jacket while biking in 95 degree temperatures, I at least appreciate not being teased for my whiteness. Heck, maybe I'll even invest in a sun umbrella this week.

4 comments:

  1. Very funny - I've been taking photos of the bike ninjas too. I love the ladies with the wet towels over their heads, the dun visor, the leggings, shirt on backwards and sunnies. I feel their pain!!

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    1. Oh I love the term bike ninjas for these ladies. That's perfect!!!

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  2. I saw some ladies on motorbikes wearing bonnets once, on a trip in Anhui. Yes, bonnets, like 19th century England, lol.

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    1. Too funny. Gotta love the Chinese fashion!

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