It’s pretty cold right now in London. In fact, as I write this, I’m snuggled in my onesie with a cup of tea and the heating on full blast (the boy is away).
So I thought this was as cold as this winter would get. And then I went to Zurich for the weekend with one of my good friends, Tom.
And the chilliness in Zurich is just BEYOND. Plus it snowed. Officially, we were out there with the Officers’ Riding Club (Tom is in the Army) to watch a drill competition and attend a super swanky dinner (we were sat down five hours. I kid you not). But we also found time to wander around Zurich and see some of the sights.
Which, admittedly, was pretty easy – Zurich is absolutely tiny compared to London. So we could go between the main shopping street, financial district, and vantage point (there’s old Viking foundations there, too – very cool) all in the space of about an hour.
Which is great for seeing stuff, but not so great for staying warm – we walked everywhere. HOWEVER. Luckily, I’d been kitted out by my favourite cold weather brand, Parajumpers.
Now. The great thing about Parajumpers is that, despite being super super warm and incredibly practical, the jackets look awesome. There’s a load of different ranges – tweed, leather, bright etc etc – which means that finding one that actually goes with your outfit is easy. It’s a far cry from the bulky, fluro / floral jackets that functional outerwear meant when I was younger.
I spent most of my time in this hooded leather coat. Isn’t it great? I can’t begin to describe how warm I was.
One of my main concerns when I was packing was that I didn’t want to be THAT girl who rocks up with a suitcase that could fit a small adult quite comfortably (I generally am, so I speak from experience when I say that no amount of outfit choice is worth the disparaging looks you get when you can’t even lift your own bag onto the check-in belt). So I chose a small bag on purpose. And then panicked because I wanted to take two Parajumper jackets and – obviously – a super warm winter coat wouldn’t fit. Au contrair – Parajumpers uses clever technology which means they can avoid the extreme bulkiness of most coats. Yay.