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Can you remember the last time you played in the snow? Maybe it was when you were a kid. Or maybe it was never, because you live in Perth, or Melbourne, or somewhere else where it doesn’t usually snow.
Of course, like everyone else, all we have to do is drink something to change our behaviour and make us do stupid things. Things we wouldn’t do if we hadn’t been drinking. But for both of us, whether we’re coming out of a bar or not, when we see the snow it makes us feel strange, and sometimes childish. We suddenly become real children again.
And then, with a smile reaching our ears, we’re striding along in this kind of white, mellow foam.
Obviously, the contact of the snow on parts of our body which aren’t covered (hands and face) is cold, even icy. But we can’t resist because rolling in the snow is so wonderful. We don’t even think about it, we just throw ourselves at it.
The photos above were taken after a concert by our friends “Alligators”, a Rockabilly group from Moscow. That night, they’d played in a bar, and after the concert we did some drinking with them.
So, you can understand how we found ourselves in this small park on all fours, and on our backs, in the middle of the snow. I think we spent about fifteen minutes there, but this quarter of an hour during which we played like kids is still strong in our memories, because it was so much fun!!!
This picture show that it’s not only on the beach in the sand that you can be buried. It’s quite possible in the icy snow too. Well, I must admit that alcohol gave me the strength and courage to bury my wife, and it also helped Cheryl resist the cold!
Fortunately, I was not too drunk and I helped her out of this hostile and frozen trap before she was frozen for eternity.
But as I said above, sometimes it’s not necessary to be drunk to have fun in the snow. Russians, being used to this meteorological phenomenon, have activities adapted to this weather and this natural substance.
Snow in parks
Especially in parks. For example, this big rubber inner-tube (ватрушка – vatrushka) on which 1, 2, 3, or 4 people sit and slide down the slope at full speed.
With an optional reward, just to warm up and give yourself the strength to climb up the hill, a sip of vodka.
Or sitting on a small plastic ‘shovel’ and sliding down the hill on it. With this thing, it is more common to arrive at the bottom without it. But again, what fun!
However, the best time we had in the snow was 31 December, 2014. Our friend, Laurent, was visiting us from Beijing. We had already eaten a New Year feast together at home, just the 3 of us.
A kind of New Year tradition in Russia, or, if not a tradition then a custom among some people, is to go outside at around midnight, and set of fireworks in the yards between the buildings. It was quite strange for us at first, an Australian and a Frenchman, to go for a walk at midnight on New Year’s Eve. But now we have adopted this custom and it’s common for us to go out just to see our neighbours fireworks – despite the cold! Obviously, a lot of people at this time are drunk. But the atmosphere is very festive. As people who pass each other on the street they wish each other a happy new year, and sometimes even share some of their elixir.
A popular saying here is “Vodka – connecting people,” and we must recognize that it is quite true. This alcohol, when consumed with some restraint, brings people together. In fact, it’s likely that all alcohol has the same effect, but we have lived in Russia for a long time and we have forgotten, a little, if this happens with wine or beer!
Let’s go for a walk!
That night, 31 December 2014, at about 1.30am, we decided to go for a walk to admire the fireworks and other celestial illuminations. To help us withstand the cold, we took a bottle of vodka with us.
We probably didn’t need more alcohol in our blood, but it was New Year!
After admiring all these colours in the sky with ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’, and emptying the bottle, we decided to go home. Of course, we were relatively, or maybe completely drunk, and on our way back we passed in front of fresh snow!
And again, we couldn’t resist. Unsurprisingly, we found ourselves once again being idiots in the snow. And, looking at the photos, we can easily see that we had a lot of fun!
So, as you can see, we are among those who think that there’s no age limit to having fun like kids. And, if the opportunity comes again, we’re ready to start these winter shenanigans again.
What about you? Do you play kids games sometimes? Do you behave in a way that belies your age? Please tell us all about it in the comments below.
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