It started snowing tonight – and I mean really snowing. We got somewhere around two inches in less than two hours and it was amazing. It really never snowed in Edinburgh last year but this year we’ve had a couple of storms since we’ve been back and last night’s topped them all. Once we realized that this was for-real, we bundled up and took to the streets! Out on Belford Rd, we met an Australian who was building his very first snowman! There is something about a snowstorm that brings out the best in people, isn’t there? Especially in the early hours when everything is peaceful and the snow has quieted everything down. The people on the streets are so friendly. It’s a phenomenon I also noticed in St. Louis while we were visiting. The city was buried under snow and suddenly neighbors are chatty and people start talking to strangers in the stores. Of course, all of this spontaneous cordiality ends the moment you start driving and are stuck behind that person creeping along at a snail’s pace. But it is fun to see the friendliness while it lasts.
Here’s the pictures from our evening walk:
It was a beautiful walk and I must say that snow in a medieval city is quite enchanting. There’s something about stone buildings, bridges, wrought iron, cobblestones, and manicured boxwoods coupled with the fluffy white stuff. It made me feel very cozy, knowing that when I went to sleep everything around me was also tucked in under a blanket of snow.