Surviving Russian Winter
There is one basic difference between those who are natives of cold countries and those who aren’t - the former don’t think much about the cold weather. Long, freezing winters are as much a part of their lives as sunshine for an inhabitant within the tropics.
But, yes, those from cold countries such as Russia have certain systems and practices in place which help them survive the cold winter. Some are institutional and some personal.
In Russia, preparation for winter starts in late autumn when the central heating system goes into annual maintenance to be ready in time for winter. Cold and hot water supply is available throughout the year. Outdoor, the pipes are well insulated to prevent water from freezing. Houses, which are not part of the central system, have their own arrangements.
On the personal front, warm clothes are taken out. For late autumn, there is one level of warm clothing. For early winter, another. And for the deep and dark winter, yet another.
Once a while, Russians go to Banyas (saunas) - a public one if there isn’t one at home. it is believed that Banyas open skin pores, detoxify the body and improve blood circulation.
Russians are not very fond of vegetarian food and this habit can go to extreme levels in winters. This is topped with the much loved vodka, home-made wine and tea.
Outdoor recreational activities change their nature but don’t stop. Winter sports are as popular in Russia as summer sports. Football is replaced by ice hockey, roller skating by ice skating and cycling by skiing.
Almost every Russian family takes a regular sojourn in winter to a warm sea coast to compensate for the lack of sunshine.
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