My good friend (who lives in Miami) sent me this question today – How do you cope with the long winters? Great question and great timing as by Feb we are quite tired of snow and b&w views from our windows.
You might have read one of the first posts in my blog on that topic. I wrote that cold is not a problem, it is a lack of sun and grey sky and traffic jams, that gets you. Well… arctic temperatures are also not fun. There are just a few days during the year, when it is really Cold, even by our standards, but yes, these are really cold days. And we do not enjoy them as much as Summer days. Still, what is good – it is always Very warm at homes and offices.
The most important part of your car in Winter is your car battery. Just buy a new one every 2 years and your car will start every morning. It is that simple. Also – buy a windshield washer fluid for minus 20C. For the entire Winter. Then – Winter tires. Mine are with studs. Finally – 4WD SUV, better choose manual transmission. Every Summer I am thinking about getting a sexier car, sedan, coupe or even a convertible. Every Winter I am happy that I am driving a car, that is good for any terrain. I should wash it though – I barely remember that it used to be dark blue…
That means both – dress warm and love your Winter outfits. I have plenty of Winter coats – from a nice mink coat for going out to the short and long puff coats. Plus – lots of scarfs and mittens and gloves and boots. Even if it is minus X and/or a snowfall and a grey sky – nice looking clothes put you in a good mood
Cab in Moscow is at your doorstep in 2 min. Day or night, thanks to the apps. If you do not feel like digging your own car out of snow or looking for parking – that is a great option!
Coffee? Good Music? Chatting with friends?
If all that fails – I suggest a HappyLight lamp – that thing really works. I have not used it this Winter, but used it before. 15 min of light of the right spectre and you forget your Winter Blues.
Theaters, exhibitions, movie premiers – you name it. Best cultural events happen during Winter. Enjoy that!
Find an FM station broadcast, that makes you laugh in your car. Or use any other tactics, described in this post. Chat with friends, drink coffee, have breakfast, do your make up. With the right state of mind this hour is not wasted, on the contrary, it could be the most enjoyable hour of your day.
Best sales happen in lowest times of the year. Take advantage of that!
Easy to say, difficult to follow. Both Moscow and St.Pete are located on a flat terrain. No earthquakes whatsoever, but no mountains as well. Fly to Sochi or to Alps, both are super close. You can wake up in Moscow in the morning and hit the slopes in the afternoon. How cool is that? Or you can skate in the city, which is cool too!
Plan a getaway. Seriously. There are plenty of places on our planet, which have warm beaches, palms, seafood etc. People there wait for your arrival! Don’t make them wait!
And you do not have to move there for 1-2 weeks, if you like it there – move for a year! Bold decision, but it may bring you happiness!
3 months from now it will be all over and Moscow (and other cities in Russia) will become a great place! Just wait for that!
Cheers from the Winter Wonderland! Stay warm!
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