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We’ve had quite some storm last week, with another weather alert code red. The storm included wind gusts up to 140 kilometers per hour and roofs flew through the air, trees were ripped out and trucks fell on their side. A large number of people apparently didn’t took that weather alarm seriously.


They don’t have any weather alarms in Siberia. With -62 degrees Celcius, life goes on: people get on a bike to get fresh fish from the market, which stands upright in the booth because all goods are deeply frozen. Lashes turn white, but hey, ‘that makes some great pictures’.


Imagine that we would have to deal with those temperatures in the Netherlands… Highways would be impassable, trains would not leave the station, cycling would be a challenge, but most of all: we would be so cold. We’re already complaining about that fresh breeze, and we prefer to wear warm sweaters and turn up the heater. And although most men often follow their wives to turn the heater down again, I’m sure they would also turn it up with -62 degrees. I wonder how it would go with supplying the supermarkets, the packages we order online and the rest of our daily lives. Could life continue, like Siberia? Or would life in the Netherlands stop for a few days?


The difference between the Siberian who goes to the market and us Dutchies is obvious: habituation. In Siberia it’s often cold, and people can deal with that cold much better. Just look at the Siberian Chukchi, who go over the ice fields with their Huskies and huge herd of reindeer. The cold doesn’t bother them, because they are used to it, and they have their own special ‘stove’ around them. Several animal hides keep them warm, and I’m sure that even the Foundation against Animal Fur would understand with those temperatures. 


With such a code red as last week, some of us say think that we exaggerate, but let’s face it: the results of the day was certainly serious. Many accidents, and some even fatal. We aren’t used to these weather conditions. Not like those Chukchi, who know that it’s just always cold.


We’re not used to it, and that’s something that we should respect. We have soft weather in the Netherlands, the roads are fine and you can easily go from one place to another. We’re used to that, so let’s not pretend to be different and say that we’re exaggerating when the government is warning us. We’re just not that tough in extreme weather, like the Chukchi.


And if there’s a code red again, don’t ignore it. If you want to leave your house, just go work at the nearest Tribes location: our network is getting bigger, so there’s always one within your reach. Want to know more about the Chukchi? Book a tour at Tribes Amsterdam Schiphol at Simba, or 0800 22 55 874!

The opening of Tribes Amsterdam Schiphol. from Tribes on Vimeo.