I arrived in Berlin in the dark today to find lots of snow (6 inches) and sub zero temperatures. The dilapidated Student quarter of Fichtenhain in the city where I'm staying in the NU Hotel is transformed by the snow under the street-lights.
Paths are either clear and icy or covered in an inch of mocha coloured, churned snow, with the consistency of sand (that is strangely pleasant to walk on) between pristine white borders.
It was a delight to sit in a cosy little candle lit restaurant, with good food and a view of the occasional tram trundling through the cold white outside.
No doubt illusions will be shattered in the cold light of day!