I forgot what, November weather was like in Perm, Russia. Back in New York or Boston, November is like a rollercoaster, one day it’s cold and snowing, and the next day it’s fifty degrees and spring has arrived. However, that’s not the case in Russia. The eleventh month of the year marks the beginning of a long winter. Meaning below freezing temperatures, bitter wind, never-ending blizzards, sidewalks paved with ice, and knee-high snow. Of course, at first it’s beautiful, but the weather and the lack of clean streets can present some significant challenges.
For example how not to get dirty getting out of the car that has mud and snow dripping for all its side. Or how not fall on your ass while walking on a frozen dirty walkway.
Yes, in Russia once it snows the streets get a dirt treatment, sounds like a spa treatment right? Well, it’s not. The sand-like slat in America gets layered on top of snow and ice for cars to be able to drive without slipping and crashing. One major downfall of this process is that the sand doesn’t melt and warmer weather is a recipe for disaster. The result is icy, muddy, slushy roads and sidewalks that we as pedestrians have to maneuver around. Nothing gets clean, therefore choosing the right clothing to pack is crucial.
Now to packing: I don’t usually say this, but don’t pack anything too nice because boy oh boy you’re going to regret it. As well keep in mind that the water (for washing your clothing) is exceptionally harsh, and has a bad effect on delicate clothing. Pack wisely, really put a lot of thought into what you’re going to wear and take a few extras (just in case if you do get dirty.)
The list of what I brought:
In my case, I packed three pairs of shoes. One by Aqua a leopard print ankle booty, ( in Russia this was a risky fashion statement that not a lot of people would wear). A pair of Blundstone’s (Australian shoe company) great for muddy and rainy days. The third pair was unnecessary, but I took them anyway (who doesn’t like a good pair of heels.) A medium-high heel from an unknowing brand purchased in TJX to wear to the opera or ballet.