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It's Winter Season in Birobidzhan!

It's a matter of how we see things.

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Birobidzhan, January 2nd 2014

Within a matter of minutes after taking out my camera, frost covered the surface. I rubbed my eyes as to clear the frost from my view finder better. Something's bothering my sight. Ah... it's much better now. As I let off my hand from my eyes, the sunny sunshine sparkled over my hand glove. Ice frost -- from my eyes.

Nevertheless, for the people in Birobidzhan, that's no reason to refrain from being happy. It's just a matter of how we see things.

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Who says frozen snow is not slippery? It is! We cannot change that, but we can make a slide out of it.

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It's so slippery that you can slip and fall. Then let's fall by purpose.

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Then you know, you are healthy. Yay!

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As solid as ice we shall bond together. Yay!

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Neither is age a reason to refrain from being happy as a child.

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Quick! Hurry, Kid!
When being happy, everyone is a kid, right? Besides, to all moms her kid stays a kid as long as she lives. Right, Mom?

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Good job, Kid! Pour them all and hurry back!

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With zero clue of the spoken language, I made up for myself how the game worked. It seemed like the two parties had to compete piling as much snow within a given time. Next, the two parties will have to build a snow castle or a statue.... No, that next thing did not happen.

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The jury holding a pink microphone blew a whistle, everyone cheered and clapped -- me, too -- and then the winner got a can of Coca Cola. Everyone clapped again. Finished. I wonder whether the can was actually warm?

The man of pink microphone spoke again. Everyone -- me, too -- gathered around him. "Houskvousk rousk vousk? Houskvousk rousk vousk?" Everyone -- but me -- raised their hand up. "Houskvousk rousk vousk!" said Mr. Pink Microphone again.

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Everyone with my height and below ran up to the stage. Gangnam Style!

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Correct Gangnam Style or not, who cares? We are happy.

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Could any of them be a Jew?

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The park was filled with various ice sculptures. But I was at the least interested. Hmmm, nothing like the ice sculptures in Sapporo, I said to myself.

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I took this picture, because it reminded me of my favorite Winnie the Pooh. At that time I didn't know this was not Winnie, but Bely Mishka, one of the three mascots of Sochi 2014. For this bear, I used my 7D in particular.

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Zayka Bunny, you are cute. But, not that cute. So for you, Lumia 920 will do. It's not bad after all. Yeah, this is another Mascot of Sochi 2014.

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You still want some more fun, don't you?

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Coming along?

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Happy Winter!!

Posted by automidori 04:21 Archived in Russia Tagged winter dance music russia birobidzhan gangnam_style

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From your first paragraph I thought it was around -25C. -16C is a perfect winter weather :) great for spending time outdoors. Especially during New Year. You caught the atmosphere of fun perfectly.

by Katya

I suspect it must have been -20C the least or even lower, because in Vladivostok, when it was -16C, also when I was in Beijing, nothing like frost 'emerged' on my SLR camera surface. Watery eyes didn't turn into frosty eyes. Yeah, I am glad I had the experience of feeling the atmosphere of winter joy with locals. That's precious for me.

by automidori

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