Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cold is the new cool

Photo: Beatrice de Gea for the New York Times.

"When your house is 15 degrees, the only problem you have is getting warm. Focusing on survival is right up there with a Zen retreat when it comes to clearing the mind."

From the New York Times on living in an unheated home.


Diane-Sage said...

Thanks for the yurt article. I love reading about others and their adventures and their dreams while I am waiting for my dream (my own yurt)to come true.

Diane-Sage said...

P.S. about dealing with the cold, the pic could of been me. While living in Japan I had many days like this. Had to even scrap the ice off the inside of the windows so I could see outside. LOL those were some interesting and yet beautiful times.

Bika said...

Indeed! Great article!
To go for a frosty winter walk is one thing, to live in the cold for weeks and weeks is truly something else. Last winter we spent a month sailing down the Mississippi and TennTom. Our only heat came from a rubber hot water bag and steaming teacups. The temperatures dipped well below freezing at night, and one of us had to sit outside to steer all the time (often tucked into a polar sleeping bag). We knew we'd get back to the tormenting tropical heat soon enough. Living in the cold is a raw and wonderful experience which sharpens the senses and makes you feel alive.

Anonymous said...

You know, I've had my heat off basically all winter, using space heaters to keep my bedroom alone above freezing. Pretty soon I'm going to be moving out and paying my sister 50$ a month to have a cot in her apartment. No more utilities and rent! Woohoo!!!