Winter is upon us. My last winter in Azerbaijan has started out with a bang. Last year at this time, I was still living with a host family, so the threat of snow and frozen pipes didn’t really threaten me, as much as someone else who could take care of it. Yesterday, it was so cold that my water had frozen up and I had to wait until the afternoon before I could wash my dishes (not that I really wash them that regularly anyway). But this morning, as I saw the first few snowflakes fall the the ground, I couldn’t help but think about what a logistical nightmare it’s going to present.
1. Frozen water equals: no shower, and a much more difficult process for all the things that require water, which as it turns out, is all things clean.
2. Freezing cold. Even with my gas heater on all day, I still ahve to wear a hat, big socks, and a coat inside. It makes typing difficult, as it does juggling.
3. Dirty roads. The snow isn’t always pretty here. It builds up on the roads, melts, and then turns to mud, which manages to get everywhere. See bullet point 1 for why this is a problem.
4. Cold teacher, cold students. As I teach my classes during the winter, I keep a hat and my bit coat on at all times. Who can teach in this environment? Well. I can, but it makes it a lot moredifficult for the students to pay attention all day, which I can totally understand.