I haven’t seen snow since I landed in China in July of 2014.
It just hit me that I haven’t seen even an inch of snow on the ground in almost three years (D tells me that we saw snow from the airplane when we transited through Moscow on the way to Shanghai last week, but I assure him that time doesn’t count).
In the end, it’s really the little things that get you.
Three years. It’s been three years and I haven’t even thought about it, and I mean really thought about it until tonight. Winter Nor’easters, making snow angels on sidewalks, shoveling my parents’ driveway, dragging unfashionable winter boots through feet of frozen slush on my way to class – there hasn’t been a winter in my life where that hadn’t been part of the equation. Until now, and now there have been three winters and I’ve barely thought about it at all, and all I can do is sit under my covers here in Shanghai and wallow in what is probably undeserved self-pity.
How long do I need to have lived in Shanghai for this to become the norm? To come back home and feel like the winter there or the summer there is not normal? I am so attuned to the seasons changing in Shanghai – wet summers, dry winters, a month of snow showers in April, a typhoon in July – that I am completely of sync with the pace back where I grew up.
And yes, I know this train of thought is kind of stupid. I can fly to Japan, or Korea, or even back to Moscow, where my friends have been complaining about snow pile-ups for months. I’m not trapped in this semi-cold climate and even Beijing has snow at some point during winter (and smog, a lot of smog). But Shanghai doesn’t, or didn’t really, until this Friday, when it snowed for just under half an hour. Something about that made me feel really at home, but perhaps it wasn’t the weather, perhaps it was just Shanghai.
Frivolous Monsters says
It is bitterly cold her today, with a biting wind, yet the only snow that’s been in the air for days has been pitiful and looks more like I imagine radiation fallout would look like. Get ye back to Italy…quick. I have to say I imagined that your snow wouldn’t look so virginal white, what with the air quality there, and thought it would combine more with the smog. Has snow falling cleared the air any?
Actually the snow didn’t stick! And it was almost 17ºC today, so we’re back in weird almost-spring temperatures…
Frivolous Monsters says
That is quite some turn around. How odd.
We’ve had fluctuations of 40 degrees (F) this week, it’s been bizarre to say the least..
Hayley Nicholson says
So strange, we thought it was getting warmer in Beijing, but we got snow! However, I genuinely questioned whether it was real or fake snow, you never know with China 😉
hahah yes, that’s definitely true! It’s been creeping up in temperature the past few weeks and now back to 0º in Shanghai, just when we got our hopes up.