It is finally spring in Ufa! Last Thursday was the really last, worst day for weather. It was about 35 degrees and raining, so of course that was the day the immigration office called and said that I needed to pick up my extended visa. All told, I walked 6.5 miles and got thoroughly soaked. I came home and took a hot shower, put on layers of warm clothes and had several pots of hot tea. I was hoping I had dodged a bullet, but no such luck. I have been sick as a dog since Saturday. The good news is that the weather has been fabulous ever since Friday, with temps into the 50s and 60s every day. Almost all snow is gone in the city, even where there were huge piles. Nice.
By way of comparison, here is the same street a month ago, although looking in the opposite direction.