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Sunday, 5 December 2010

the grip of winter

winter in berlin
winter in berlin

just now, two people skied past my window. true story. i took a slight double-take. after all, i'm living in the middle of the city (more or less, that is). there they were, the dad with proper cross-country skis, the little boy or girl (wrapped up so warm and zooming by so fast i couldn't see his or her face) with miniature skis, but obviously completely familiar with it.

we had rather a lot of snow, you see. and in berlin, only the main streets are cleared, side streets just drown in snow. last year, we didn't see the pavement for close to three months. which feels rather unusual: only a few years ago, we only had little snow - for a couple of days at the most. the weather is noticeably changing.

while i love to see the kids' excitement - making snowmen, riding their sleighs - it does make everything you do more time consuming. i'm thinking twice before leaving the house, since i can only use my bike on the cleared streets and it's a fair little walk to get there, same goes for reaching a bus or train station. i'll get used to it, but at the moment i'm in two minds.

it does look pretty though, doesn't it?

if you're in berlin, don't forget victoria met albert (the shop with the white paper snow flakes) is having an open sunday. also: events at souterrain gallery and supalife kiosk.

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16 comments:

Marion said...

AH, I bet Riga saw those people skying too !

foodieinberlin.com said...

It's pretty for a day but would like to see the pavements again sooner rather than later. Only so much baking one person can do!

charlotte said...

these shots are really great. and london is the same - there aren't the resources or manpower to clear the side streets and we all skate around in the snow, although you guys had far more last year. you're right on the weather - it's definitely changing. a few years back it was normal not to see any snow in the winter.

Sammi said...

Wow, that sounds awesome! I would love to see Berlin like that.

This year for the first time I didn't like the snow it made it too difficult to get to work..

Fen and Ned said...

The Ski story made me laugh!
In our little corner of the UK the snow only stayed for 2 days, like any visitor, that's just enough! Lovely photos as always x

hannah at honey & jam said...

these shots are so lovely, like a winter dream.

suzie said...

the reds against the white=beautiful!

et lille oejeblik - a little moment said...

yes, it is pretty, these photos are pretty. love those berries (as you know from flickr :)

i wish the snow will stay put in denmark. we'll go on the 17th and so far it looks cold enough to stay. but you never know. crossing my fingers...

parisa mahmoudi said...

Wow,the first pic is so lovely!!!

ibb said...

Love the photos...and sometimes snow...it makes me calm...it has something special, something that covers all bad things.

Pascale said...

Yes, so funny to see sky in a city...
Right, the red on the white is beautiful...

Enia Is (Almost) Here said...

ha! i would have done a double take too!

beautiful, wintery pictures, as always...

incidentally, i gave you a small award on my blog based on love for yours from a distance. hope that's ok! :)

MANDY said...

Oh my these photographs are just lovely ... a skier going past, how great is that.
I on the other hand am in my summer dress after a very warm day here in Australia !!!

Christine said...

I'm glad it melted a little this week, but sorry that it all looks so dirty and gross now.

P R I M O E Z A said...

i love these...and how fun to see the skiers!

malo said...

Pretty, pretty rose-hips. Same situation in Sthlm. Last year we had what felt like a never ending winter. Before that, I can't remember a white christmas. This year, so much snow and so very cold. I do enjoy it. It brings light and a very christmassy feeling.

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