The skies are clear and very blue. From the Gannett Center Library, I look out and the view is fantastic. From the top of South Hill, you can see downtown Ithaca in the valley and Cayuga Lake in the far distance.
But it is deceiving. Step outside and you immediately look for the next building to seek warmth indoors. The temperature is -13 °C but that is not the culprit. Windchill measures at -24 °C. Yes. The wind makes life miserable. I have had to reattach the fleece lining to my coat. I can’t feel my ears and nose once I step outside. They say chewing gum helps to get your facial muscles moving and keeps your face from getting frozen.
It is Australia Day today and we were at Zack’s apartment for dinner. The Aussies were cooking. It seems beer is an easy condiment for cooking, even in a stir-fry. Before this, the only beer I had in food was in fish and chips. It was a fun night, which included cricket out in the snow, and just sitting around talking and listening to Aussie music. J and C got quite excited when The Final Countdown started playing. They’re really proud about their Swedish music. Maybe I can introduce Electrico to them some time. And maybe even Stefanie Sun, if they are up for it.
We’ve got a chocolate party on Monday for all international students at Muller Chapel. And we’re planning an international dinner on Valentine’s Day where we each cook a traditional dish from home. I think I’ll prepare chicken curry and microwavable roti prata. Rowie suggested chilli crab and chicken rice but I don’t know if I’m up to it. Send me recipes!