The fact that I grew up in Manitoba (and have wonderful childhood memories of tobogganing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, digging out caves in giant snowbanks...) probably explains why even many years later, every winter I still miss snow! So I'm quite looking forward to seeing some ice and snow in two weeks when a friend and I go north to Sapporo, Hokkaido, for the Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival).
Due to my friend's schedule, and ticket availability, we're actually arriving a couple of days before the festival starts, but I've heard it's also interesting to see them making the snow sculptures, and they should be at the finishing-up stage by then. Woohoo!
*picture taken one year ago today, January 21st, 2006, on our ONE snow day last winter!