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Yesterday morning there were some light flurries, and today there is real snow - fluffy, delicate flakes, not the tiny hard pebble-like hail that I remember from Little Rock.

I love it. I missed snow and cold weather in general. I love the early scenes in The Chronicles of Narnia movie precisely because of the pristine, crisp snow. I harbor fantasies about living in Montréal and the sound of my boots crunching through the snow while cold, wet flakes land on my face. It's because snow is a rare and treasured experience for me - having grown up in SoCal and spent most of the last decade in Africa.

MoBob doesn't have a romantic vision of snow. His village in Morocco is regularly snowed in every year. Winter is something to endure.

Of course, I write this happily ensconced in a warm office with a mug of hot chocolate beside me.

*by Robert Frost
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On December 6th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
A cold Christmas feels so remote here as the weather starts pushing up into 30 degrees celcius and above. It sounds just magical to me :)
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On December 6th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I always thought it was strange that a lot of Aussies would prepare the tradition English dinner for Christmas and then collapse next to the swimming pool...not to mention the fake snow on the Christmas displays!
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On December 6th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
I loath snow... even though we used to have some of it every winter. In the last five years I have lived in both Chicago and Montreal. If I never see another snowflake for the rest of my life, I won't be too unhappy!

That being said, the one day of the year I do appreciate snow is on Christmas day. Go figure!
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On December 6th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'm sure I'd feel the same way in your situation. When I was in Bamako a Norwegian friends was horrified when I told her that I like to put the a/x on maximum so I can huddle under the covers.
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On December 6th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC), 13oct replied:
In Southern India, where the three seasons are hot, hotter and hottest; the tendency to huddle under blankets while the A/C is on full blast (and the outside temp is 40 degrees C!) is pretty common.

Funnily, it's the same in Trinidad too. I used to find it bizarre that when u went to someone place for dinner, you would want to dress warm. That’s coz it would be freezing inside despite the fact that it was a bloody Caribbean island that we were on!
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On December 6th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
The worst story I heard was that during the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti his wife and her friends would parade around in fur coats in a huge freezer room!
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