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After announcing the end of autumn a few weeks ago, I failed to mention that we had only one more minimal snowfall after that, and the snow has slowly disappeared over the past couple of weeks. The temperature has been hovering around 0 (that would be 32, for you Fahrenheit people). Today, it’s downright balmy out.

On the other hand, it has been pretty gloomy. Today there has been some sun and blue sky, but for most of the past three weeks it’s been really dense cloud cover. Sometimes it’s foggy, too. Combine this with the fact that it gets light out (I can’t say the sun rises, because we never see it) around 8:30 a.m. and it starts getting dim at 2:30 p.m. (though not really dark til 3:30 or 4) and you feel like you never really had a day at all. We’re at the same latitude as St. Petersburg, so technically we get the same amount of daylight, but the weather and the fact that the sun rises and sets earlier here due to our being in the eastern end of our time zone really produces a different psychological effect.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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