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The Historic Boston Blizzard

February 14, 2013
Boston Esplanade

Boston Esplanade

You probably all know by now that I was made in Russia (well, technically USSR) and having 30 inches of snow or more was pretty typical for our winter, especially in the region where I grew up (Ural Mountains). So when Boston was pummeled by the blizzard this past weekend and Nemo was the most popular word in my Facebook feed, I had mixed feelings.

For someone who grew up in a place where schools only close when it’s -30C (-22F) outside, having a really white winter is a part of our everyday life. But listening to CNN’s coverage of Nemo and with Governor Patrick declaring state of emergency, I was subject to the same feelings of anxiety and precaution as everyone else in Boston.

What’s most important of course is that everything ended well, and as a bonus, Boston looked pretty impressive covered with all that snow. Venturing out in the city the morning after was so amazing – Boston felt like a ghost town. No cars, no traffic, no noise – just pure nature and unhappy people digging their cars out happy people playing in the snow.

I caught a terrible bug the very next day. Even though I hadn’t felt that sick since high school, it was so worth it to enjoy all that snow! It made me feel like I was in Russia again, and brought back all those childhood memories — when building snowmen and sledding down the hill was a typical Saturday afternoon. So bring it on, winter, let it snow again!

Mass Ave

Mass Ave

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill

The Pru

Dave, Conqueror of All That Is Snow

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

South End

South End

The Compulsive Traveler

The Compulsive Traveler

Charles River

Charles River

The Charles River Park

The Charles River Park

The Hancock Tower

The Hancock Tower

Alex

Alex

Back Bay

Back Bay

The Public Garden

The Public Garden

The Commonwealth Park

The Commonwealth Park

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2 Comments
  1. I’d hardly consider “The Pru” to be an appropriate caption for that photo. More like “Dave, Conqueror of All That Is Snow”

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