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Candy FlossLiving in London can be challenging at the beginning, but it certainly doesn’t take you too long before getting used to the new lifestyle. And for some people one of the biggest advantages of being here is the diverse mixture of people, cultural traditions and beliefs which makes the city so vibrant and unique.

My husband and I have always been great explorers, travelling around and meeting new people every day. Through all these years, many people from various places in the world have come and gone in our lives. And although far away, we try to keep in touch with most of them – if not all of them.

Last spring we were very excited indeed when a very dear French friend contacted us saying she was coming to London. What a nice surprise! It had been ages since Amelie came to London! We made so many plans and very anxiously waited until the day she arrived.

One of the things we did with Amelie was the rather pleasant boat ride on the not so known Little Venice canal. It starts near Warwick Avenue tube station, passes behind the London Zoo and goes all the way to Camden Lock. And what made this day even more fun was the fact there was an event happening that weekend and the canal was very colourful with boats from many parts of the country, decorated flags, music and a lot of happy people. And it was at this very nostalgic fair near the canal that we had most fun.

It truly felt like going back in time. The small cafes, the stands and what were being sold. This nice atmosphere combined with the warmth of an early spring sun made this a day to remember. And the highlight of this day for me was this conversation we had over a traditional cup tea with cake.

Amelie’s English was a bit rusty after moving out of London, and she was trying to tell us how she loved candy floss as a kid in the South of France. The trouble is she couldn’t remember ‘candy floss’ in English. So she was trying to describe it to us, saying that in French it’s called ‘barbe à papa’, hoping we would know what she meant. I’m still puzzled, but my husband, being a big joker, says to the poor girl “oh yes, I know what you’re talking about! In English it’s called bum fluff.” And Amelie very relived continue telling us the story of how pink ‘bum fluff’ was her favourite.

I know, very cruel! She was mortified when we explained that bum fluff wasn’t the same as candy floss, but we had a good laugh at the end.

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Winter has arrived without any mercy at all. It’s been very cold, wet and windy. As I heard a comedian the other day on the telly, all the countries are getting hotter due to global warming, and Britain’s weather is getting even shittier! This is my fifth winter and I kind of agree with this theory. Apparently it’s the coldest winter in thirty years. And trust me, you don’t need to be here that long to notice the difference.

Snow is really a great fun when you come from a tropical country and see it for the first time. After that, you need to face the cold weather, footpaths covered in slippery ice and chaotic public transport, it makes you forget about all the existing problems in Brazil and, for a moment, you regret ever leaving your nice and warm country.

The trouble when it snows is that the city stops. No buses, no trains, no nothing! You hear on the news women giving birth in the back of a taxi stranded somewhere on the way to the hospital, people walking miles trying to get home and needless to mention all the road accidents or those who slept in their cars because they simply couldn’t make it home.

I didn’t mind the snow until a little more than a month ago, when I still didn’t have my driving license. Now I totally understand why people panic when they hear it’ll snow on the weather forecast. It’s just chaotic! You cannot see properly or trust your breaks and still need to get to work!

It’s been snowing since I arrived home at 6pm this evening. The forecast for tomorrow is 4-6 inches (10-15 cm). If this really happens, it’ll be absolutely horrible! Having said that, I love when it snows this much just to see my dog Benny, the Jack Russell Terrier play with the falling flakes. I don’t know what goes through his mind, but I’m sure he thinks it’s one of the best things of life ever. You can really tell.

Why can’t we get everything we want from life? Unfortunately we can’t have it all. The best thing to do, as we all know from Monty Python, is always look on the bright side of life.