This has been a long time tussle between the people of cooler climates and the
natives of the tropics. I feel neither is better as each has its advantages and
The cooler climates of the northern and southern hemispheres
have their appeal in that they make picturesque postcard material. There is the
snow and the winter landscapes that gives the white Christmassy feel to the
environment that many would say is ethereal.
Then, there are the golden hues of the forests and the falling leaves of
autumn that give the feeling of beauty and awe.
Summer is always the time to head to the beach and spring heralds the blooming
flowers and planting of crops, a renewal of sorts. In short,
the crux is variety. It gives different
plants and animals to show off their plumage and man to show off various fashion
The tropics is one long summer with wet rains intermittently. There is one
fashion statement-light, comfortable and colorful. There is little room for
heavier clothing unless it's a hill station or in the deserts where the
temperature falls tremendously at night. Raincoats and umbrellas are essential
in the tropics more than trench coats and sweaters. You have the freedom of
going out and staying out for as long as you like.
You can go to the beach any time of the year or just take in a movie without
changing your tyres or clothes. A fan or an air conditioner is enough to survive
However, if you talk to a Londoner or a Russian living in the cold climates
of the north they might lament on the high cost of winter heating, clothing and
the troublesome fitting of snow tyres. The rich will jet off to a warmer climate
but the poor suffer from the problems of sludge, mud and snow-ins. Going out is
a struggle as the roads are slippery and the winds icy. You need special shoes
and heavy bulky clothing. The consolation is skating and snowboarding but if the
weather gets below minus, even those activities are impossible.
The conclusion is both have its advantages and disadvantages but it's the
individual that decides which is better. The cold is not for everyone and I
personally don't like the heat but the cost and the considerations of adapting
to an environment help the decision-making process.