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Freezing People Explain Why They Choose To Live in Ridiculously Frigid Places

Those of us who live in geographically cold cities are always unsure for a brief period every year, just why, exactly, we do this to ourselves.

So, curiously, Reddit user LapinHero asked:

People who live where the air hurts their faces, why do you live where the air hurts your face?

We jumped on the opportunity to answer.


You appreciate summer so much more.

A year and a half ago, I moved to California from the Toronto area and I can tell you for sure: you appreciate the seasons so much more when they change that dramatically. I like summer here, it's about as nice and warm as before and maybe there are far more sunny days, but you get something like four straight months of sunny days. It's nice, but by August you're like "man, I can't WAIT for fall!" You're already bored of summer.

In Canada, fall is a beautiful descent into the holiday season, with the leaves turning golden, orange, read, and brown, through Halloween into Thanksgiving getting cooler and cooler making everyone more cuddly and wrapped in soft comfy clothes. The season caps off in parties and family and friends and love, the end nestling you gently in a storybook Christmas setting with gentle snow making it (hopefully) the white Christmas that Bing Crosby kept going on and on about about. If you're middle-class, everything is warm fires and hot chocolate and snuggling together watching Netflix on the couch under a thick, warm blanket.

Then it's mid-January. You've already f-cked-up your New Year's resolutions so it's a granola bar for breakfast again, you have to get your ass to work on the bus and it's a half-hour late because the snowplows are on strike AGAIN and nobody can f-cking drive in this g-ddamn country. February is sh-tty and freezing and transitions into March with wet and sh-tty slush everywhere so it's either ugly-a-- rain boots that don't grip on ice, by the way, or hope you love wet socks for the entire day. It's been raining for basically a decade by now, I don't remember what the sky used to look like, and by the time all this sh-tty, dirt-and-garbage-covered snow has melted, great! All of the grass is dead and yellow and covered in every definition of the word "refuse." F-ck April and May is also b-llsh-t because it might be 10°C but you're wearing boots forever and "spring" may as well be completely made up, because there's flowers and shit but it's been cold and shitty for thousands of years now and you packed away your summer clothes so long ago you don't even remember what a polo is.

Finally, when you least expect it...there's a random day in May when it's...all of the sudden...nice? The sun is shining and the grass has FINALLY started to perk up with a little green, and the tulips have started to bloom and people are suddenly outside, enjoying a Saturday morning in the park. You remember what warmth on your arms feels like for the first time in a while and you get the first face-sunburn because you've lived so long without touching a sunscreen it's like a monastic vow by now. Then you gradually get brought back into Summer World, where it gets dark at 9 PM instead of 5, where the sunsets are beautiful and there's so much to do and explore. There's beer on the patio and barbecuing and pool parties with friends and everything is amazing for a few beautiful months before September hits and you get to rediscover your love for jackets, hats, and fall all over again. cnvandev

The Alternative Is Worse

I grew up near Orlando and just moved to Seattle in August. Your post has triggered my PTLIFD (post traumatic living in Florida disorder). I never even gave a second thought to the bugs until I moved and realized there aren't any here and that everyone in America doesn't deal with sugar ants and palmetto bugs seeking refuge in their house. Or mosquitoes every time you want to go outside in the evening. And the constantly changing indoor vs. outdoor temperatures, ugh. It's so nice to not need a shower after bringing groceries into the house. And to be able to have all the windows open for more than just a couple random days of the year. ashella


Northern climates are beautiful, especially if you live near mountains. There is a majesty to winter that is unmatched by the other seasons. It also provides for a lot of activities that you can't otherwise do like skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating (outdoors), sledding, ice-cave camping, etc.

You have a time of year when people spend more time indoors, which makes for more intimate time with friends and family. Nothing beats curling up by a warm fire with a hot drink and playing a board game together while it's snowing outside. And when it's over, and the world warms up, it feels like an annual cycle of rebirth and revitalization. It's amazing. Plus, as others have mentioned, you then enjoy a warm summer with fewer bugs and weird tropical predators.

And the trade off for all of this? Turn up the heat, drive more slowly, and put on a coat. I can handle that.theultrayik


Because Zombies are slower in 4 feet of snow...

That, and snowmobiles.UnpaintedHuffheinz

Which Weather Is Worse?

No tornadoes, large earthquakes, devastating hurricanes, poisonous reptiles, alligators, crocodiles, bear attacks, oppressive heat. it's a good trade off for having to wear a scarf occasionally. Nanojack

Being Alive

When it's cold I feel alive. I probably helps that on really cold days the sky's usually clear and there's no wind. The air nips at your face but the sun warms you at the same time. Only thing I can't stand about winter is the darkness.

When it's hot I feel half dead. My body just shuts down above 30°C and I lose all energy to do anything. Luckily it's usually only that hot for a week each year.SweetGale

Easier Solutions

When you're uncomfortably cold, you can always throw on an extra layer to get warm.

When you're uncomfortably hot, there are only so many layers you can remove before you're still uncomfortably hot.

And heat makes me much more prone to irritability, depression, and lethargy. That's why I moved out of Houston and into Pennsylvania.PianoManGidley

No Snuggles

I lived in Costa Rica for a few years and a lack of seasons REALLY bothers me. I love the place but I cannot describe the comfort it brings me to see lush spring turn to radiant summer turn to contemplative fall turn to hallowed winter. Seeing time pass like that helps me value the moment I'm in and gives perspective to where I want to go.

when I go walking in winter, when I feel the cold bite at me and the wind push against me I am reminded of how alive I am. It is not a feeling you get from 65-70 degree weather with no clouds and no wind. I feel like I'm in a vacuum, that I'm part of a vacuum as well. In cold and windy weather I feel nature flow around ME.

And the wife snuggling is hard to beat bruh, especially when you make your own cocoa and have a fire going. GilgameshWulfenbach


Canadian here. It's that kind of weather for like...1/3 of the year. Because of that, we don't deal with a lot of terrible animals outside of that season. Poisonous spiders? Nope. Poisonous snakes? Nope. The worst we've got to deal with are bears and moose.

I was born here, I'll probably stay here. My whole family lives here minus a couple relatives 8 hours away. So I live here because I don't feel like leaving anyways, and I don't want to deal with poisonous animals. Thatkidwithaspergers

What We Did For Love

Because I got laid off the same STUPID year that I met the most amazing woman who lives in STUPID Fairbanks, in STUPID Alaska.

When we were living apart we were trying to figure out who would quit their job that they loved and move to the other person's city and my STUPID employer decided to go out of STUPID business. I moved in with the love of my STUPID life in STUPIDVILLE and the air HURTS MY STUPID FACE.

STUPID. samtravis

State Of Living

Vermonter here. 1) How would I know my state cares if it didn't try to kill me with weather? 2) I run naturally hot and dealing with cold is much easier than heat. 3) I live near a college town so I enjoy the effect cold weather has on newly arrived warm place people. KrakenBeatsCthulhu

More Stable Weather

I live where the air hurts my face because the air only hurts my face potentially 4 months out of the year. The other 8 months we have great weather: not too hot, not too cold. We get to watch the leaves change in the fall and that is amazingly beautiful in and of itself. Also, Winter and cold and snow are a change of pace and makes us look forward to the rest of the year's weather even more.

A couple of last reasons: Very few tornadoes, very few floods, no hurricanes, no wild fires, no earthquakes, no huge insects or animals that want to feed on us.Tripnslow

It Keeps You Humble

Because it's beautiful.

Because it keeps the riff raff away.

Because it makes you feel alive when you know that poor preparation leads to cold death. disgustipated

Bare Necessities

I grew up in Michigan. Once, in college, it was so cold as I walked across campus I had to stop at the school store and overpay for a winter hat just to feel okay walking to the class building OR walking back to my dorm. My fault for not having a hat, (yes mom, you told me so) but it was strange to literally feel unsafe without one.

For 6 months I lived in South Carolina, and in June and July it was mid 90s on a daily basis, creeping up to 100 semi-often. It was excruciating, I would dread leaving the house, delay grocery shopping until the evening and basically never be outside. And I'm a moderately active, moderately outdoorsy person. I just couldn't do it. I was practically homebound during daylight hours on weekends and I would stay up late and sleep in just so I could be up during the night more and be more active as a result.

Given the choice I would rather endure the Michigan winters than South Carolina summers.dsjunior1388

Bringing People Together

Born n raised in Los Angeles, met "a boy from queens" three weeks before he was moving back to New York. Fell crazy in love and moved a couple months later. Been here seven winters. Have an insanely awesome job (low stress, good pay and benefits). Started a family. His parents are nearby and help out a lot with raising our two little boys.

So I'm used to weather that hurts the face now. Having seasons makes you appreciate the good weather days. The same weather every day got monotonous growing up. 1StoolSoftnerAtaTime


Because I don't have to worry about alligators killing my children or southerners controlling my politics. [Username deleted]

Can't Afford To Leave

Canadian.....air hurts your face everywhere except maybe Vancouver and there's too many reasons not to move there (e.g: 5 hour plane ride from family, very cloudy/rainy, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a house).

Moving to the USA is pretty difficult for the average Canadian. Most Canadians who it either work for a multi national that sends them there or have special skills that make them very desirable. Captcha_Imagination

Born This Way

Wisconsinite chiming in. Personally, given the choice (i.e. if money was not a consideration) i would still stay where it was cold. My body is just built for cold; i sweat like you wouldnt believe in anything above roughly 60F so anywhere with even a mild climate is just gross for me. Going out in negative-degree weather isnt pleasant, but being in the heat is much less pleasant for me. american_hatchet

I Just Like It, Okay?

Well I live in New England.

The only states I'd consider living in that aren't in New England would be NY (where it still gets cold) or California, Oregon, Washington.

I like New England and I like winter. So far, I'm really disappointed in this winter. GunzGoPew

A List

-I love winter sports

-I'd rather experience the four seasons than have little variety throughout the year

-The mild summers are amazing

-I live close to my family Shootr_McGavn

To Get Out

Because I was born into poverty in northern Sweden; right in the middle of the arctic circle. Our winters can get really rough with temperatures falling down to -40 °C at worst, but this winter in particular we haven't seen worse than -35 °C.

This winter has been all sorts of strange when it comes to fluctuating temperatures with even +11° C being measured in the beggining of January.

My reasons for still living here are needing to finish school, family and friends located here, but most of all it's a lack of sweet sweet money which I need too escape this hellish country. 2WEIRD2LIVE2RARE2D1E


Because I came from a west coast city where it was temperate but it rained. every. single. day for at least 3-4 months out of the year. I'm talking pouring-soaking-wet-rain showers from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. It was also dark, overcast and foggy for 6 months of the year.

I moved to an east coast city where it gets extremely cold but it's always clear and beautiful out. There's the rare dark and rainy day, but it's mostly sunny, snowy or just crisp and bright everyday.

I'd rather have my face hurt and bundle up in an expensive coat than be miserably wet and depressed. mangobananaapple

A Better Country

Because it's my home and the majority of the people/things that I love are here. some of those things being: free healthcare, the Queen, socialcare for all my elderly relatives and bountiful sarcasm. plus, if I lived somewhere with glorious weather i'd have to spend all my holiday time back here... it would probably also kill my Nan with worry if I moved. pleasedontwearthat

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