The world’s greatest comedian Billy Connolly argues that there is no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes.
I rarely get it right though, wearing far too many layers.
While our youngsters wear too few, and hardly ever raincoats.
Welcome to Ireland, the only country I know where you regularly need to go out with a brolly and a pair of sunglasses.
So what’s my Moan this Moanday Morning? Only the national obsession… talking about the weather.
You know the type – ‘Oh, I’m not sure what the weather is going to do today.’
No. Of course you don’t… unless you’re Michael Fish (maybe wrong choice as he got Black Friday wrong) or Heather the Weather.
A weathered old excuse
When I asked a former colleague why the need to exchange amateur weather predictions I was told it was to fill the empty air in the conversation.
And I thought that was what ‘Hello’ was for.
So taking Billy’s advice I’d recommend these ‘right’ clothes – light easy to fold up cagoules for hot countries (or shelter) www.northface.ie
And trousers you can unzip around the knees.
They work particularly well on Caminos and I’ll be taking them with me on my hike in Tenerife in a couple of weeks.
Check out www.greatoutdoors.ie And for more guidance and a tempter for your Camino… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/camino-a-pilgrims-prayer/. And also visit www.caminoways.com
Of course common sense is needed – don’t wear a ski jacket in the hills and valleys in Switzerland in the summer.
A heavy load to bear
Just because they worked on the snowy mountaintop at the top of the Jungfraujoch the day before.
But do wear a light fleece, both in the mountains and in the valleys. They’re both very user-friendly.
In my defence I had slept in on the day I picked out the ski jacket for our hike through the valleys and packed in a hurry.
And I ended up having to cram said jacket into my backpack.
And that was a hefty, and sweaty, weight to cart around those hills.
Well it makes a story… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/swhisskey/
And if you want an explanation for this picture below… well, there is none. But it’s in the Maldives.. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/12/atoll-tale-the-maldives/