quality of snow

You would have thought that, for all the differences between home and Russia, there would have to be some constants, right?  But even the snow looks different here.  How is that?  Well, instead of drifting down in big moist flakes like it often does at home, most often, here, the flakes are teeny-tiny.  And the most awesome thing is–maybe this is because it’s very cold–is that when snow lands on your jacket or on your hair, it doesn’t just look like a blob, you CAN SEE THE ACTUAL SNOWFLAKE SHAPE, tiny tiny tiny and crystalline and perfect.  Wowwww.  Amazing.

Anyway, now that I’m finally no longer sick and out of it, I’m going to make these three weeks before I leave for home exciting and try to see some more plays, go to more museums, and meet at least a few more people.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Aside: here’s how I got sick–at my school, they had some kind of Russian medieval heros day which included a schoolwide parade for two hours outside in the rain in knight costumes with wooden swords and shields.  The kids were delighted with their swords and their playfighting, but the next Wednesday when I was teaching in the lower school, about half the class was absent with some sort of something, and I got sick the next day.  Given the normal Russian practice of dressing very warmly and shaking a cautionary finger at those who stay out to long in the cold, I was a little surprised by the holiday behavior, but I guess that national pride trumps national cold awareness, or something…



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