So, just a while ago I was telling you guys about the curse of +10 °C we experienced here in Helsinki, southern Finland, all of last year. Since I just said that, I feel like I should now update you: last week the temparatures here dropped drastically to around -25 °C. Add the wind factor and it feels even colder. But at least it’s not the same old grey +10, at least it’s something different for a change!
After digging out my winter clothes and forcing myself to get used to those temperatures, it changed back to around -10°C where it’s stayed for a few days now. And -10 suddenly feels very nice and tolerable! We also got some snow, which makes everything look prettier and it brightens up the short, dark days by reflecting light. The snowflakes are large and they play around in circles, up and down, before falling to the ground to form a fluffy blanket.
A few days ago I was out and about with Hubby, taking in a light art exhibition in town in this freezing weather, and the cold made it feel all the more special, adding a new atmosphere to the streets I’m so used to walking. I saw an old man riding a bicycle in the snow like it was the most natural thing. For the first time ever, I also noticed ice indoors, on the floor of a doorway leading to a cafe, which sold us hot tea and cocoa, much needed for warming up. The icy floor made me think of Narnia.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any current photos, since it’s too cold for me to bother trying to get any shots, knowing my fingers would freeze useless in a minute, however I tried to dress them. (Yes, it’s been tried before!) So instead, I’m posting a winter scene from a trip to Lapland, in the north of Finland, a couple of years ago.
Even though my blog is about my eternal search for someplace warm (without snow), I do appreciate how pretty snow looks in photos or from the window, when you’re inside, cozy and warm with a hot cup in your hands. Occasionally, I might even venture outdoors for a winter walk and those walks are the ones that I remember afterwards. Which reminds me, I should do that more often.