Burniță

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Typical December day in Brasov

It’s been below freezing for a good two weeks or so here. We’ve had a few days of sun, but mostly it’s been overcast/foggy/cloudy/snowing.

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A beautiful (rare) sunny morning in Brasov

It was starting to be a bit comical because there are so many layers of snow and ice on the sidewalk and everyone (myself included) walks like a baby deer down the street. Either that or they just give up and “ice skate” shuffle.

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me, irl

The weather forecast had said it was supposed to warm up. Like, really warm up. We’d surely see temperatures around 6-7 celsius. I was so excited! I do a lot of walking and as much as I like to pretend I’m Nancy Kerrigan (ha ha just kidding more like Tonya Harding), I was really looking forward to being able to walk without constantly falling.

So, imagine my surprise when yesterday it appeared to be raining. I was waiting on my bus and I felt these little wet pinpricks on my face. “Rain?” I thought – no, it was something even worse: burniță.

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sidewalks and parking = icy mess

Burniță is something I am familiar with as a former resident of the state of Georgia. Burniță is freezing rain, and it wasn’t long until everything was coated with a pretty glaze of ice. The roads were soon a beautiful slushy mess and the sidewalks were an even bigger disaster. Thankfully, Clau came to pick me up, but I can imagine that I would’ve broken at least one of my legs had I attempted to do my regular walk home.

The good news is that we have at least three days of snow coming up this week. I hope that the new snow covers up the old (which is so dirty now it looks like sand), and that we have beautiful white Christmas.

Update: We had some very thick fog last night and it froze 🙂 So pretty!

 

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2 thoughts on “Burniță

  1. great snow pics, I really love the toddler on ice. So you got chocolate and a stick, next comes a stocking full of coal-that’s dutch tradition. Merry christmas to you, Claudiu and all your friends. Love, DAD

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