Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Night: Blue Skies, Grey Skies...

I just had to stop and take this picture a few weeks ago... Was the sky blue...



...or purple?


These days, you don't see much blue OR people. The sky is grey. So grey. And it will be for MONTHS.

The first time we flew from Moscow to New York during the winter, Katya blinked hard in the harsh winter sunlight when we exited the airport. (Keep in mind that we were still in NYC, not exactly known for clean air). Her eyes had to actually adjust to the sunlight; we hadn't seen it in months. She then excitedly exclaimed, "Mom! It's like they cleaned the dirt off my eyes!"

Yup...

Hmm. Comments like those don't exactly appease the grandmas who are upset we live abroad.

9 comments:

Tina in CT said...

You got that right! What about you, Grandma Bravo?

Grandma Streusel

Annie said...

Weather like that is so sobering. I lived for a winter in Midland, Michigan and the main thing I remember is that it was non-stop, universally GRAY all winter. Now, a couple of hours south, where we live - there is much more variety in the weather.

Tina in CT said...

We have beautiful winters here in New England (I don't want to say which state I live in.). It can snow one day and we're in a winter wonderland and the next day we have a blue sky without a cloud and bright sun glistening on the powdery snow.

When I was in Moscow visiting the kids for Xmas 4 years ago, I think I saw sun for about an hour or so one day.

Anonymous said...

Tina, i remember when you were in moscow, but i don't believe we met, unfortunately. and i also clearly remember that 1 hour of sunlight on that one day. i had commented to tamara about noticing it, and she said you had said the same thing! haha ; ) sunlight is a big deal there! iowa can have stinky weather too, though. i am a southern-er and i have thin blood ; )

miss you!
jeannie

Tina in CT said...

Jeannie,

Unfortunately we didn't meet when I was there for Xmas 4 years ago. Maybe you had left for the holidays back home in the US.

Here in New England, we have beautiful winters. I loved skiing in the sun on fresh powder from the previous day (when I used to ski). Now, I'd fall over trying to adjust my boots.

I am an avid lover of fall and winter and am a bear in the heat and humidity of summer so I must have thick blood while yours is thin. Hope you will one day get to move South again.

I live all summer for the first frost in the fall.

Francie said...

Nice Post! I remember when I lived in Washington state, the winters were so gloomy, a lot of us would go tanning (aka: fake 'n' bake) just so we can have "sun" and not be depressed! Oh, the good old days...

Anonymous said...

We lived in Louisiana for 5 years and there is so much sun there that I never was hysterically tired no mater what I did, unlike in all other places we lived. I love sun and hate gloomy weather. Too bad I am not good with heat and humidity.
Olga

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garnet said...

Believe it or not, I actually miss the grey, cloudy days -- at least this time of year. Not in January or February, though.