When it's snowing in Istanbul and the North wind blows, Bodrum temperatures drop to central European winter levels. The thermometer may say it is 2 or 3 degrees C but the cold wind ensures it feels about minus 5. The last few days have been particularly cold and for the first time I've heard of water pipes freezing. Very few of us live in well insulated houses so no matter how much we crank up the heating, we will still be suffering cold fingers and noses not covered by the four layers of woollies we are all wearing. Contrary to expectation, the best solution on these few days a year is to get outside for a brisk walk. When the Ayaz blows the sky is usually crystal clear and the sun blindingly bright. A walk around town will identify the most sheltered spots and a few hours can be spent enjoying the warmth of the sun without the bone chilling wind. The minute the sun starts to go down, the cafes and pavements empty and everyone rushes back to houses that are probably as cold inside as out. Early evening yesterday, I tried typing in gloves but my fancy pantsy Mac track pad doesn't work with gloves on so I gave up and spent as much time as decently possible with my electric blanket in bed.
Jake's new best friend Carrot enjoying the sunshine.
A good pair of sunglasses is needed in winter