An American journalist in Russia, Alec Luhn, shared a photo of noodles and an egg to show how cold some parts of the country get in winter.
Taken in Novosibirsk, a city in the southwestern part of Siberia, the picture shows noodles and a cracked egg seemingly frozen in mid-air after the temperature dipped to -40 degrees in the region just a few days ago.
Pretty soon, people all over the country started posting brutal and beautiful photos too. From frosty forests to guys enjoying ice cream in shorts, here are some.
SUP Novosibirsk, a company that organizes stand-up paddleboard trips in the area, also shared a picture from the cold. In it, Santa can be seen surfing through the river. “Our winters are very cold, and in the last few days the temperature dropped to -42° C, which is rare even here,” said a company spokesperson. “In such [conditions], it is dangerous to even inhale air with your lungs; you need to use special waterproof wetsuits and warm EVA boots. Of course, it’s still very cold, but after 5 minutes of active rowing, it gets hot.”
“Finally, my favorite frosts came to Siberia. Just right after heavy snowfall. This is the kind of winter I love, though you can’t walk for a long time. The city is empty, although the New Year is on the nose. Probably because not every car will start in this cold.
During these two days a dense frosty fog lay over the city. The temperature dropped to -42 degrees. See how it looks from above.”