Winter Blues

Blue is quickly becoming my favorite color. It's not just any shade of blue, but that perfect color that you only get when the clouds clear and the sun is dripping over the buildings and the snow is more vibrant than ever. That blue that emerges in the sky is a color I look forward to seeing more than any other, but it only satisfies all that much more after days of grey and snowy weather.

Believe it or not, it's warming up a bit here in this part of the world. We haven't gone above freezing, but that doesn't mean the snow isn't melting. Workers have been clearing sidewalks and roofs in a tizzy, maybe in preparation of the 30° temperatures we're going to have this weekend.

This past Monday marked the beginning of the week long celebration of the approaching end of winter, called Maslenitsa. The week culminates with a big celebration on Saturday. Stay tuned for more on that.

School children gather for an event at the old theatre across from our apartment.

School children gather for an event at the old theatre across from our apartment.

Mother vs. sons snowball fight

Mother vs. sons snowball fight

Meanwhile; however, winter doesn't look like it's going anywhere in a rush.

But when the blue skies do break through and the clouds disperse, it feels like spring is hiding just beyond the shadows.

I can barely remember what this city looks like without snow. It's hard to imagine the transformation that will take place between now and when we leave in June, but I'll be documenting it every step of the way.