A funny thing is happening on the Interwebz since the temperature here dropped to some seriously cold levels.
All of the expats in Moscow are posting about how cold it is where they are.
"My thermometer says -22C!"
"Forecast is -17C for tomorrow!"
"Hey! It's cold out!"
"Did you see how cold it is?"
We've even started commenting on how much we are all commenting. And we're arguing about the validity of the wind chill factor like we're the love children of Al Roker and Yukon Cornelius or something.
Frankly, it has only been this cold once before since I've been here. Last winter was sort of a yawn. I mean, if you're going to live in Moscow, you want a real Russian winter, right? Everyone said, "Oh, it will be cold, but the sun will shine and the skies will be blue!"
I had forgotten what blue skies look like. It still gets dark around 3:30, it seems. But at least it's bright out until then.
The sun at such a low angle combined with the condensation created by anything warm makes the city look very pale and almost delicate.
Add to that the frost on the windows. Thankfully, we have double everything, so the frost is on the outside layer of windows, not inside. And it is very pretty.
For the record, it was -23C/-10F on the way to school this morning according to the sign outside the Metro.
Here is a view from the girls' room. The view is hazy because the window is frosted, not because of the glare from the sun (the window faces west, and this was before noon).
Makes the girls' room actually look nice.
Don't tell them, but I broke down and did a little cleaning in there today. I usually maintain a strict Hands Off! policy. But it had really reached a new low. And, in fairness, they have little time to do much about it before we get on the plane on Saturday.
Oh, and I know I suggested in a previous post that The Spouse may have to take a detour through Sweden before joining us at the Dacha, but as of this morning it appeared that no delay in his travel plans would be necessary.
Assuming the Doctor approves.
He went to London on Sunday and returned back home at 3:00 this morning. I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, but the fact he is now taking blood thinners should mean his risk of any problem is actually lower now.
Still. I'm glad the trip to Sweden seems to be off. Two round trip flights and a long-haul to the US all within one week feels like playing with fire.
He has a lung scan scheduled for tomorrow. So fingers crossed and all that. I'll keep you posted on our travel plans.
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