This morning I was remindered how cold things can get here in Holland after I’d woken up with my lips frozen stuck to my pillow. However, after learning about the Siberian village of Oymyakon, things really don’t seem so bad after all. Temperatures in Oymyakon can drop to a staggering -71C, making it the coldest, permanently inhabited place on earth.
As you can imagine, living in the a place like that is not very conventient: you can hardly drink anything as it instantly freezes in your glass, batteries shut down and the villagers leave their cars running as they’re afraid the engine won’t restart again. Also, apart from meat, there isn’t much food as nothing can grow on the land, which is deep frozen to a depth of 8 feet.
It’s plenty horrible enough, and that’s before we even tell you the worst part — cellphones don’t work in these kind of hellish temperatures! That’s right: no texting, Tweeting or checking Facebook status updates. Before you know it you’ll begin to feel phantom cell phone vibrations in the left pocket where your phone resides as you slowly transform in a highly detailed snowman. All in all, we understand if a visit to Oymyakon probably won’t rank very high on your bucket list. However, it does make for some truly amazing photos as you can see below.