MY recent lack of blog posts has been due to illness in my piso.
First a guest, then my roommate, then I had a serious cold with everything included – aches, pains, congestion, lethargy, etc.
When I talked to Spaniards I interacted with, all of them noticed my unenviable state and stated matter-of-factly that it was due to the weather.
I spent last year in a subtropical part of the United States, which had a much colder winter than many of the locals had ever seen (and much colder than I’d anticipated), so I figured the Mediterranean climate of Andalucía would be a relatively easy transition.
The dry Cordoban air and drastic differences in temperature between morning, mid-day and evening created quite the problem for my system and I was left with little more than empty boxes of pañuelos and an unending mug of tea.
The lesson I learned from my friends and neighbors was “Abrígete” : dress warmly.
Scarves, jackets, and many, many layers are the best way to prevent the change-of-the-season cold I faced.
Luckily, the locals have it figured out and have created boots, scarves and jackets that both look good and keep one warm.
Now that I’m feeling better, it is now time to go shopping to stave off any more colds.