My Brasilian girlfriend has never seen snow before, except on television. „It’s so beautiful,“ she said, „soft and fluffy!“ Well, I happen to know better. From bitter personal experience I can testify that snow, far from being beautiful, soft, and fluffy, is actually cold and wet. Yes, it’s true. While it’s attractive to contemplate on television, in real-life snow isn’t much fun at all. It sticks. It gets muddy. It re-freezes and turns into black ice on the roads. I think it is no coincidence that „sníh“ and „smích“ sound so much alike. This is because when sunny climate foreigners like me and my girlfriend venture out into the snow, it’s quite funny.

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