Winter in Berlin has turned out to be such a treat so far!! It all started with the December frosts – everything was cold, you could see the ice on the leaves and people scraping their windscreens in the morning. Truck drivers threw gravel onto the crossings and busy roads, so there would be fewer accidents. The wind cut through my clothes and it was a good excuse to buy some nice warm winter boots, a long jacket, scarf and gloves. I warmed my hands up on mulled wine at the Christmas markets and enjoyed our cosy, warm apartment. We lit advent candles and enjoyed a magical Christmas – more mulled wine, warm nut roasts, candles on the tree and plenty of presents!
Then, just as the grey sky was starting to bother me, it was time for the new year. And, in Germany, this means fireworks! You can buy them from the local supermarket – anyone can buy them. And they set them off in the streets – fireworks go whizzing sideways, followed by clouds of smoke and loud bangs. We set off our own fireworks, each of which had special names: The frog, which hopped along the ground; Candy, thrown on the ground to produce a quick bang; the Rocket, which shot up into the sky; and the Bee, which spun around and went buzzing over the roof. Fireworks happen everywhere – there’s no avoiding it, so you may as well join in!
I thought winter couldn’t get any better, but then there came the snow! I was at school one day, preoccupied in my work, when suddenly, I looked out the window to see a blanket of snow covering the ground. I was thrilled! The next day, it snowed again, more heavily – it was magical to see it floating through the sky – everything seems so quiet, peaceful and clean! I rugged up and took a walk to one of my favourite nearby parks. Last time I was here, it was covered in golden Autumn leaves. Now, it was pure white snow. Families took sleds down the gentle slope and darkness was approaching, so I set off for home. I have never lived in snow country before – it feels like I am in a story book- just another one of the joys of living in a foreign land!
What are your favourite parts about Winter? Have you got any suggestions for fun snow activities?!