Thursday, February 09, 2012
Pequena nota a respeito de São Petersburgo.
Small note about Saint Petersburg.
Fora isso (ou talvez por isso) São Petersburgo continua inesquecível.
Whenever you hear a Muscovite talk about Saint Petersburg, it's always the same story: the city is beautiful, people are more laid back, and the cold is unbearable. The first two facts I had already witnessed during some of my previous trips there. The third one I felt in my own skin (though I must admit that after a couple of minutes exposed to the weather I couldn't feel anything anymore). Because of the humidity and then wind, a mild +2C temperature becomes a true arctic experience. A pair of leather gloves with a woolen sub-layer feels as effective against the cold as a pair of latex surgical gloves. The skin, red and burnt by a storm of icy particles, boils when you go inside any heated place. It feels like your hands are about to explode as they regain their normal temperature. The feeling is so intense that it feels like your nails might fall out.
Despite the cold (or maybe because of the cold), Saint Petersburg remains an unforgettable experience.