The sands of a desert would hold down feet and prevent walking easily. The sun would burn the skin, make you thirsty and be wanting more of water every second. In the city of Norilsk, frozen is the land, the very breeze that blows comes with ice particles. The coldness makes you crave for a warm embrace. The skin feels like it’s that of a fish placed in a cold room. A call for a unique way of doing everything.
Outing in the city
Get me something skimpy. I want something sexy. I can’t wear it if it’s not revealing, I want them to know what I have got. The worries of those in cities with a variety of moderate temperatures. In the city of Norilsk, the choice of dressing doesn’t indeed depend on what you want, the extreme coldness dictates what you need to wear, and as soldiers in barracks, all you have to do is follow the command.
Stepping out into the cold street of Norilsk, it’s a must to have virtually almost all parts of your body covered like a man ready for war.
If something goes wrong with the head, then the whole body is affected. The very first step you take in preparing for that lovely dinner night isn’t planning on what to eat but starting with how the head gets covered. Citizens have their head covered with beautiful and good looking head warmers to get the temperature controlled and more favorable for their skin and even improve their surviving chances.
Cover the rooftops, leave the walls broken, then you will have to watch the rain smile as it makes its way into the house through various apparent openings. Just as the head is essential, the body too can’t be left out without proper care. In the cold city of Norilsk, kids dress like adults and adults like kids too. The body is first covered with several inner wears before the main cloth is put on it, the dressing is not also complete until you have that sweatshirt on and a thick pullover placed on it just like the bulletproof of an army ready for war. The body increases in weight and decreases in fear of what bullet the cold outside the street might want to shoot at you.
If the house is beautiful, but with no proper foundation, the building is as good as a sinking sand. The legs are always protected with thick and well made pants/trousers/jean to prevent easy penetration of cold into the skin through it. The feets are covered with boots high enough to prevent pain even when you hit your legs against frozen solid ice. The full look you get is like that of a war veteran ready to fight but the difference is yours is against the cold of Norilsk and not bullets from terrorist.
Hitting the streets of Norilsk
For every preparation, there is a journey. Destinations may not be the same, and even when they are, the choice of how to get there could be very different.
With hands protected with gloves and body fully covered to withstand the extreme temperature of the day, steeping into the cold is the next thing for everyone in such category but the destination differentiate them from each other. walking on the street most times, you find yourself with your hands in your pocket and at times embracing yourself to get free from the cold. The boots help to make movement easy.
At times, it’s always amazing what awaits you at the bus stop. Frozen seats with ice on them. Without any choice, you find yourself a place to sit waiting for the bus and at the same time surviving the cold of the day on the penetrating cold seat. Travelling by the mass bus transit always feels like moving among clouds on a journey to heaven, the light from the bus brightens the way, you could see through the window the cold air moving like smokes from a furnace. The sight is always beautiful.
Strangers in the cold land of Norilsk
The happy faces of kids and the fantastic words they say when experiencing new things can’t stop making you smile and wanting to have a child. Well dressed in clothes to prevent cold they say words like “mummy i am smoking” as the cold nature of Norilsk gives them the feel of a smoking soldier.
Adults can’t help but smile as they hold hands. Dressed in their best warming clothes, they walk the street of Norilsk as they can’t help but remain amazed at the wonders of the land.
The light on the street are inspiring, the very drop of ice particles on your face makes you feel brand new. Life in the freezer is what some call it, going out on the path of ice, traveling in cold cold room and yet not frozen as fish.
So, Norilsk is not a dead zone, but a place to have lots of fun!