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Friday, February 05, 2010

Let it Snow



I stood behind the kitchen window on this Friday morning. It was 7:00AM when the cloud above broke her water. Flurries of snow started falling and drifting in the light wind, very unusual for seaside Mediterranean Tartous. I went outside to the balcony to drink my espresso and enjoyed five magical minutes. The thermometer showed 8ºC. What a glorious day!

I woke Fares up, “Come on! There must be plenty of snow for us in Kadmous.”

“Oh, Baba! Are you sure?” Fares had only been in the snow once a few years ago in Farayyah, Lebanon. He was about five and he had a blast so his excitement was only natural.

At 10:00AM we left Tartous and headed north on the Lattakia Highway. 35 KM down the road we crossed Banias and made a right turn and quickly climbed our way up the mountains. I could tell that whatever snow we might find would be light at best. We crossed one enchanted village after the other, Bermaya, Faresh Ka'bieh, Isquableh as we steadily gained altitude. 57 KM from home we reached Kadmous at an elevation of 1000 m (0ºC). Fares could not believe his eyes, there was snow indeed and everywhere. We drove for five minutes due north and stopped by a snow covered hill and well... played in the snow.

I hope you enjoy this short video of the day.

46 comments:

Gabriela said...

What a wonderful moment! I'm sure Fares will remember it forever, and cherish it with all his heart.
¡Saludos!

oryxm said...

And who said it only snows in North Carolina? Enjoy the cold front, while it lasts; it must be a novelty, for a place as warm and moderate as Tartous! Fares, I wish I could have been there with you to share those beautiful moments together.

Fantasia Lillith said...

Ahahaha ... Awe... how wonderful!! your welcome to the many feet of the stuff we've got here! seriously ...take it ...no really ...take it ..please???

BIL said...

So glad to see you back in the groove again! Snow in Tartous? That must be a sight seldom seen in a place so close to the Mediterranean. Now Fares can get a taste of what we had to endure here in NC State last week. I remember as a child living in Minnesota getting 130 centimeters of snow during a bad storm, but what the heck! It got us out of school for 3days and gave kids like me a chance to make some extra spending money plus all the fun we had building the snow houses as big as living rooms in the back yards:-) I hope you and Fares had plenty of fun and I look forward to reading his next post about the unusual outing. I’m sure Fares will remember it for a long time to come. Please say Hi to all and take care.
OBTW; the eyes are better than ever <;-)

Pearl said...

I'm sure it was wonderful and very fun - my mother told me about the snow in Damas over the past couple of days, she enjoys watching it with her morning coffee - but unfortunately, I couldn't view the video...I didn't see any type of media player or anything above the post...

Anonymous said...

Abu Fares, nice video. I had the pleasure to go to AlArz in Lebanon just nine days ago, and it was so nice. My family & I had a great time. Of course, I am still very very very sad I could not see you during my visit to Lebanon.
Oh, since we are in the land of Downunder, it is the other way around now. Temprature ranging between 20 & 40C.
Abu Abdo

abufares said...

@Gabriela
He will indeed. We both had such a wonderful time actually.
For him it was the snow.
For me it was his joy and happiness.

Saludos

abufares said...

@oryxm
Well actually it's been a very warm winter overall. Only in February we started getting the real feel of "cold". And this has been the first snow storm to hit the coastal mountains... pretty late really.
We both wished you were here too :-)

abufares said...

@Fantasia

Just imagine that you wake up to a 20C sunny day, no snow, birds singing and Spring in the air. I bet you and everyone else around you will be so thrilled.
Well it's sort of the opposite here. We have a very moderate winter and when snow falls once (or twice) a year in the nearby mountains people, and especially kids like Fares and me, get very excited.
BTW, I don't hate long and cold winters. Of course I might eventually change my mind once it becomes a fact of life...
Nah, I doubt it :-)

abufares said...

@BIL
I lived for a year in Illinois and experienced a real winter. I can only say that I have fond memories of the cold.
Thank you for your wishes and great news about the eyes ;-)

abufares said...

@Pearl

There was more snow in and around Damascus than we had over here. The Zabadani Hwy remained closed for 2 days I heard.

Here is the link to the video you missed. I hope you find it worth the wait, lolll.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib5HV3E41T4

abufares said...

@Abu Abdo
Hello my friend
I too feel very bad we couldn't get together. When you were on your way to Ehden I got a phone call and had to leave to Damascus and stayed till Sunday afternoon.
Hopefully next time.
Salam to all.

Dubai Jazz said...

That's a great video, Abu Fares! and Fares is adorable!

abufares said...

@DJ
Thanks my friend from both of us. Always a pleasure to see you here.

Isobel said...

This is wonderful!! I haven't had a chance to see the video yet but I'll revisit as I always do, and watch it! :) Just reading about the excitement of Fares made me smile. In my mind, one of the most beautiful things on earth is a fresh dusting of snow. I'm so glad both you and he had a chance to "play"! :) Thank you for another wonderful post, Abufares.

Anonymous said...

calling elvis!

Anonymous said...

It's me, Joseph, calling Elvis...lol.
Blogger is not allowing me to post my comment under my known identity...very strange. I'll try again.

Joseph said...

My smile, Abufares, stretched the width of the 17" monitor in front of me when I saw your smile. God, it sounds like flirting... lol. Honestly it was such a joy and pleasure to have been able to view you, in motion and in sound, not to mention the delight in seeing young man Fares playing snowball fighting with his old man...
Compliments to the director & editor.

Joseph said...

Yipee it worked!

Omar said...

Looks like a great time! allah yikhalikon la ba3ad. Tell Fares for me that he has an open invitation to visit Canada and take back all the snow he can stuff in a suitcase :)

Antonio said...

great video Abu Fares! Fares has definitely gotten taller in the past few months! salamat liljami3

abufares said...

@Isobel
You were able to share our excitement without even watching the video. I guess some of us never let go of the child inside :-)
Fares had a great time. I enjoyed being together and promised to take him again anytime there's fresh snow nearby.
I look forward your "revisit", and... thank you as always.

abufares said...

@Joseph
I've been having problems with Blogger too recently.
To tell you the truth I edited this clip with all intent to get myself completely out but I found it incoherent. The little exchange between us, Fares and me, is in a way what it was all about.
Of course I'm very glad that you smiled when you saw me but I hope others ;-) were as happy as you.
A pleasure, your visit and comment Jo!!!

abufares said...

@Omar
You know what! On our way back Fares was telling me how much he wished he was living in a place with a long winter and plenty of snow. I said but you'll get bored once you have to go through it every year. He assured me that this is not the case.
Who knows were we might end up! All of us!
May be someday he will live abroad indeed and when I visit with him he will take me to some beautiful mountain, a frozen lake or a park and "play" with me.
Nice to see you Omar.

abufares said...

@Antonio
So nice of you to drop here and on Fares' blog. You know he has fond memories of the few hours you spent together and always remember you... as his friend.

Karin said...

You can't possibly imagine the BIG SMILE on my face during the time I watched the video!! How wonderful!!! I couldn't believe how TALL Fares is already - I remember him from pictures on your blog a while ago as a little boy! How old is he? A MOST handsome guy ... the son of his father indeed!!
What struck me as well is how close you and Fares are, the immense love between you two - heartwarmimg!
Thanks so much for this fantastic clip dear friend!!

abufares said...

@Karin
My friend, you put a huge smile on my face as well:-)
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and your most sincere words.
Fares will be 10 this coming March and one of the most significant things he became at 9 is a blogger. He's so happy with this achievement in particular.
He's making me proud :-D

Yazan said...

Absolutely delightful ya Abu Fares! Eshta2nalak!

Karin said...

What's Fares' blog title (& URL)?

abufares said...

@Yazan
Nice to see you my friend. You too have not written in a while. Get back!

abufares said...

@Karin

Superkid Chronicles
http://superkidchronicles.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

ma -sha-alah
le

Anonymous said...

Good idea my friend.But we expect better quality video, this is very basic ! As you know we are in 3D time.

Thanks.

abufares said...

@Le
Thank you dear friend:-)

abufares said...

@Anonymous
You are certainly right about the video quality being basic.

أنا سوري said...

We had three feet over the weekend Abu Fares, and we're expecting 10 more tomorrow. It's sickening. My car was slipping and sliding all over the road today. I used to enjoy snow, but too much of anything is close to a disaster.

abufares said...

@Ana Sourie
Well I know what you mean... too much of a good thing !!!
Still, if I have to really choose between COLD and HOT for the rest of my life... I wouldn't give it a second thought. Bbbbbrrrrrrr cold anytime :-)

Rime said...

Allah yekhalikon la ba3d, what a wonderful memory for you both of a beautiful day. Thanks for letting us share it.

abufares said...

@Rime
Thanks for dropping by. Always a pleasure :-)

Anonymous said...

Sweet : )

Just arrived in NYC after the last blizzard. The snow is melting though....

LUV U

w.b.yeats

abufares said...

@ w.b.yeats

Ahhh, you left the sandy beaches of the Caribbean for a taste of snow...
It's heartwarming isn't it? To feel the bitter wind slapping our faces in vain, trying to force us to change our disposition into a Nordic coldness but failing miserably...
I assume you're traveling with the family and wish you a fun time.

Isobel said...

I came back...I saw the video...and I smiled even more than I did when I read the post the first time. What fun!! :) And yes, some of us just never really grow up!! lol!! Can I throw a snowball at you now?? :D

abufares said...

@Isobel
Oh, I'm so glad you did.
It's too late for me, and apparently for you too, to grow up now. So let's make the best of it...

Splashhhhh :-)
I just hit you with one while you were "politely" waiting for my answer.

Isobel said...

Ha!! You missed!! I dodged it at the last second!! :P You'd better get your snow throwing arm into shape if you're going to tangle with a Canadian!!

WHAM!! I got you!!!

abufares said...

@Isobel
Squiiiiissssshhhhh!!!
YOU GOT ME!
Now that I'm soaking wet I need TO BE dried before I catch a cold.
I also need something hot to drink.
Atchhhhouuuu!
See what you've done:-)

Isobel said...

It's my fault you weren't dressed properly? If you step into the ring, boy, you'd better be prepared! :P