Well, I’m a Texas boy, 100%. So, when I was asked to come to Karaganda I immediately went on the internet to see what the temps were. In December I found the temps to be around -10 to -15 f. In January much the same with snow in the forecast often.
I’m a Texas boy (how many times to I need to repeat this)! Being from Texas, I had never experienced these types of temps. It may get down to 0 or -3 or 4 but never -10 and surely not -15! What was I going to do?!?
Well, to be honest it was easier than I thought it would be, however, I still don’t want to be outside in those temps for too long! Anyway, with the past two weeks the spring thaw came and we actually got above freezing a couple of times! YEA!!
Since all the snow has melted (at least where the sun shines which it doen’t around the entrance of my building where there is still 5-6 inches of ice!) I thought maybe the worst was over…
Well, boy was I wrong! Yesterday, it got above freezing and then late in the afternoon it started raining. I was to go to a Bible Study at 5 p.m. and as I was leaving sleet began falling. For about 5 minutes it was pouring down sleet (I felt like I was in Texas!).
Then, soon afterwards it began snowing! It was beautiful. My friend told me that the place we were going was a 5 minute walk from my house. Well, anytime a Russian tells me that, I add about 15-20 minutes. I don’t think we could have made it in 5 minutes if we had been in a car! (It took 25 minutes to walk!!!)
After the meeting, we left and the cars were covered in a couple of inches of fresh snow. Everything was white again! By the time I went to bed, there were probably about 5 inches of snow on the ground, but the wind was howling!
When I woke up this morning, I looked across the large park located outside my kitchen window and saw that the park was somewhat covered but the wind had blown most of it away. Also, I couldn’t see the buildings across the street due to the wind and snow! Just another day in the life of people in Karaganda.
By the way, just when does Spring start…?