I love Winter. Yes, it may be freezing and it's difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Here in Northern Europe, you run the risk of contracting pneumonia when you step out of the shower and the water on your body immediately turns icy cold. The heating bills are ridiculous. There's nothing worse than getting snow in your shoes. Hanging baskets of colorful flowers disappear from alleys, windows and doorways.
However, you also get to get all bundled up in your scarf, cute winter coat, gloves and boots. You get to snuggle up with your hot water bottle or some hot chocolate. I love the smell of cold in the air. I love it when it gets dark at 3pm. I love the sound of frosted grass scrunching up underneath your feet. You don't get a lot of grass in the city centre, like where I live in Edinburgh, but there are gorgeous gardens which are just as nice to walk through in the winter as they are in the summer. I wish I had a little dog (a pug or a chow) I could walk with! I live in the Old Town, where things haven't really changed since Medieval times, and even when the sky is grey the place has so much colour - it's so picturesque! The city centre is famous for it's Christmas and New Year celebrations, old buildings are illuminated different colours and there are lights everywhere. Little old pubs which line closes (narrow passageways between tenaments or old buildings. They've got a really interesting history, walking down them brings you back hundreds of years) light fires and you can pop in and get a hot toddy to keep away the cold, or if you don't drink they all do hot drinks like tea and coffee too. So many places around the world are so beautiful but this city really makes me appreciate European (particularly) Scottish style and architecture.
Some pictures of Edinburgh in the winter (Which I didn't take, I'd love to though - I need a camera!)
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