A Travellerspoint blog

December 2012

On the first day of Christmas

sunny -11 °F

Hawaiians love Spam. They also love canned tuna. But for the person who can't choose between canned tuna and canned Spam:

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Posted by Blanchardlawn 03:29 Archived in China Tagged food tuna spam Comments (0)

Winter has come

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

snow 7 °F

Welcome to December. December in Harbin is usually pretty cold. Let's just say we don't expect it go get above freezing for the rest of the year. That's a good thing for Harbin though. If it's too warm it puts their #1 tourist attraction (the annual Ice Festival) at risk. Luckily (?) this year it's plenty cold and we're getting used to it. We both have nice warm coats and boots (thanks, Rebekah!) It's been below zero Fahrenheit (that's like -17C) for the last week or so, so imagine our delight when it warmed back up to just below freezing yesterday and snowed about six inches. They tell me that I'll get sick of the snow half-way through winter, but I'm not sure. It's just so beautiful! Here's a couple of shots of us shopping as the snow was just starting to fall.

Playing on ZhongYangDaJie

Playing on ZhongYangDaJie

Shopping on Main Street in Harbin

Shopping on Main Street in Harbin

And today when we normally have exercises in the yard there was a massive snowball fight!

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But don't worry, it will cool off again soon. The forecast is saying -26F/-32C. I don't know if I even know what that feels like. I know what a wind chill of -20 feels like and it's not pleasant. There's not much wind here, thank God. I don't plan to be out in it for very long. I can't stand the way the breath you take in your nose starts to freeze your nose hairs when it's about 0F.

Posted by Blanchardlawn 01:54 Archived in China Comments (2)

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