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Good afternoon from a very windy Britain, I hope you’ve all had a joyous holiday season! I decided to take some time off to unwind and work on my EU enlargement paper. This time I was to predict the prospectives for further EU enlargement given the current internal legitimacy crisis. In case you care to know, I argued that the EU should solve its internal challenges before it accepts any new members, as the very survival of the EU institutions is paramount. Back to more lighthearted topics, it was with much bafflement that I woke up on the morning of December 31st, only to find my Sunny Sicily covered in snow. There has been no snow in this part of the island for around 15 years, so you may understand how this could come as surprising and utterly flabbergasting.

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Tons of people were coming down into the streets in their pyjamas, taking pictures of the snow. While snow might be very common (if not very frustrating for those who have jobs to go to in the morning) in England and North America, Sicilians are not used to seeing the snow. However, we can all agree that seeing a Mediterranean beach covered in snow is a pretty amazing sight. These shots were taken just five minutes drive from Messina’s city centre, on the eastern coast of Sicily.

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So just like all those surprised Sicilians, I decided to come down and take a few shots myself. It wasn’t quite the holiday season you would expect when you book a flight to Sicily, but I felt very lucky to witness something this rare and special. Oddly enough, I came back to a very windy yet not snowy County Durham, which is mildly disappointing. I can just close my eyes and imagine how majestic our Cathedral would look covered in snow.

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I hope you enjoyed these pictures, despite this being a very late post. Next time I will probably tell you a bit more about my trip to York and its hidden secrets. Enjoy!

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