Happy New Year to all…….
I am visiting the country up north for the festive season where I have enjoyed being with loved ones. It started snowing a couple of days after I arrived and I went ice skating with some friends. Of course, I fell countless times as I have not skated in three years but it was still a blast. By the time skating was over, my left palm was swollen, left elbow bruised, left shoulder felt as it was dislocated and the left side of my back also felt as if something was wrong with it. Basically, the left side of my body was almost non-functioning. Oh, what fun! 🙂
Here are some pictures:
1. Some seasoned skaters and hockey players doing their thing. As you can see, it is snowing whole heartedly. A snow plow was going round clearing the snow continuously.
The temperature was about -15 degrees C last Monday and I had to run errands in town. The lowest temperature I have had to walk in was -20 degrees C a few years ago and that was brutal. I could not believe that people still had to carry on with daily life in that wicked weather! I felt like just curling up in my warm bed and hibernating until spring. I met up with a Thai friend last Wednesday and we walked around the town center a bit. We both commented on how ‘very warm’ it was – it was one degree Celsius.
2. Just look at this innocent look snow! I am glad we had a white Christmas – it just makes that special day feel all the more special.
One custom I found shocking here is that in winter some parents put their bundled up babies outside to take a nap. The reasoning is that babies need fresh air to sleep well and that many of them can not nap in the house. I wonder what happens at night. Do the parents let the baby fall sleep outside first then bring it inside?
3. More pure, innocent looking snow:
I have a Zambian friend who travels a lot within Southern and East African. She spends about three weeks every month outside Zambia on duty travel, but has never been outside Africa. Her one dream is to visit a country where it snows one winter just to experience life there. When I told her about my aches and pains from falling, she said she wanted to have the ‘opportunity’ to fall on ice as well when she visits so that she can have a well rounded winter experience. What?!
4. Just look at how the snow is balancing on the berries:
The snow has mostly melted and turned into dirty brown slush. The first time I saw snow was years ago when I was landing in Washington, DC. I was wondering what the dirty looking brown piles pushed to the end runways were. Half my mind said “snow”, but the other half said “no, snow is white”. Well it turned out to be snow and what a disappointment it was.
And on this positive note, I would like to with you a prosperous 2015, again.