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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

360: Epiphany

Today in Poland it is a national holiday to celebrate the religious festival of Epiphany. The Feast of the Epiphany marks the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and is a Christian celebration of the revelation of the birth of Jesus and the visit of the three wise men.
There is a light sprinkling of snow here in Warsaw, rather like icing sugar on a cake. I am pleased I don't need to go out today. I was out yesterday and the temperature was -13 degrees Celsius. I'd almost forgotten what real cold was and yesterday was a salutary reminder.
I was in Golspie, in the North East of Scotland, over Christmas and New Year and it was cold there too. Because it is a small island the UK has a different kind of cold. It is damper and feels as if it is getting into the bones. In mainland Europe it is a cleaner, crisper, kind of cold. Still causes fatalities though. 21 people died in Poland over the weekend during this current cold snap, including 6 who slipped and fell to their death in the Tatra mountains.
Here are some pictures taken when I was in Golspie: 3 from the hills looking out to the sea and 3 from the sea looking in to the village.

Before flying back to Warsaw on Monday I spent some time in London on Sunday with my 'children'. We had decided to take part in a hidden city 'game/quiz/competition/hunt'. I'm not sure how best to describe it but it was fun anyway. Having paid the entrance fee you text 'start' on your phone and receive the first clue by return. This directs you to somewhere reasonably close and gives a cryptic clue as to what to look for. Text the answer to the question and receive the next clue. After a 'couple' of hours including a welcome break for lunch the 'hunt' is over and your knowledge of London's 'nooks and crannies' much improved. Can't wait to do it again. Perhaps next time without the rain!
I had the opportunity to take many photos along the way but contented myself with only one. It goes some way to explaining the Royal Air Force's penchant for staying in hotels while the Army is roughing it under canvas. :)

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