One of my few great experience was a seven hour horseriding in the country here at home. Before (~ 25 years ago..) here was quite a lot unbuilt country land. Today here is still possible to ride long trails without having to ride along a road. That "only" needs a map and skill of orienteering, and courage to ride country with only paths made by deers....and a horse who trust you so much that it goes where ever you ask! (and I mean ask - not demand)
Summer is almost here, but here is 'winter story' I found few minutes ago:
this makes me smile everytime (I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings - this is only a joke!)
+10° C - -273,15° C / +50 °F - -459,67°F
+10°C / +50°F Helsinki rental residents put the heat on. Lapps are planting the flowers.
+5°C / +41°F The Lapps are sunbathing, if the sun happens to rise above the horizon.
+2°C / +36°F Italian cars don't start up.
+-0°C / +32° F Distilled water freezes.
-1°C / +30°F Breathing becomes visible. Time to plan holidays in the Mediterranean Sea.
Lapps eat ice cream and drink a cold beer.
-4°C / +25°F The cat wants in the same bed.
-10°C / +14°C Time to plan vacation in Africa. Lapps go for a swim.
-12°C / +10°F So cold that not even snow doesn't fall
-15°C / +5°F French cars do not start up
-18°C / 0°F In Helsinki, the house owners put the heat on.
-20°C / /-4 °F One can hear his/her breathing.
-22°C / -8°F American cars do not start. It's too cold for ice skating.
-23°C / -9°F Politicians begin to mourn the fate of the homeless.
-24°C / -11°F Japanese cars do not start.
-26°C / -15°F Respiration can be cut to igloo building material.
-29°C / -20°F The cat wants into the same pajamas.
-30°C / -22°F German cars do not start.
Lappalainen curses, kicks the tyre and begins to start a Lada.*
-31°C / -24°F It's too cold for kissing, lips freeze together.
Lapland's football team begins spring practice period.
-35°C / -31°F Time to plan a two-week hot bath. Lapps shoveled snow from the roof.
-39°C / -38°F Mercury freezes. Too cold for thinking. Lapps close the uppermost shirt button.
-40°C / -40°F The car wants into the same bed. Lapps put a sweater on.
-45°C / -49°F Lapps close the inside window of the bathroom.
-50°C / -58°F The sea lions are leaving Greenland. Lapps change gloves to mittens.
-70°C / -94°F Polar bears start to leave the North Pole.
University of Lapland is celebrating its sports afternoon.
-75°C / -103°F Santa Claus leaves from the Arctic Circle. Lapps lower cap ear flaps down.
-250°C / -418°F Alcohol freezes. Lapps gets angry.
-268°C / -450°F Helium liquefies.
-270°C / -454°F Hell freezes over.
-273,15°C / -459,67°F
Absolute zero. All elementary movement stops. Even Lapps admit that ”ith stharhtsh tho bhe a bhith choldh, ghimmeh mhe ah sechond vodhkah.."
(The Lappish dialect puts an "h" in every word, sometimes several..)
*)Lada is a trademark of the Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ based in Tolyatti, Samara Oblast. It was originally the export brand for the models it sold under the Zhiguli name in the domestic Soviet market since June 1970. Manufacturing has ended in 2012. Lada cars became extremely popular in Russia and Eastern Europe during the last two decades of the Soviet era, particularly in former Soviet bloc countries, where they have become a symbol of city life. (Wikipedia)
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