U.S. Embassy, Tallinn, February 18, 2011
This week's weather has put proof to the local knowledge that February is always the coldest month in Estonia. Recently, it seems that the current cold snap is the topic of most conversations and with even-colder temperatures forecast for the next few days, this trend is unlikely to change.
In addition to the blue sky that the plummeting temperatures have brought, they have also assured that Estonia's ice roads are open and functioning and that the snow for the annual, and much-anticipated, Tartu marathon will be fast. Indeed, while the temptation may be to bundle up at home, or take in a sauna, the Estonian winter provides wonderful recreational opportunities-from the two above that may appeal to the more adventurous among us, to a winter stroll through Kadriorg, the grounds of which are shimmering in the cold clear air.
Whether you avail yourself of the now-closer-than-ever islands, participate in Tartu's world famous ski marathon, or stay a little closer to home, now may also be a good time to remember the words of the American author and journalist, Hal Borland: "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."
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