Just when you think to be safely inside the warmth of a hotel, shielding you from the cold winter outside, you see strangely dressed people gathering inside a bar which you imagine would be used mainly by Eskimos and Lapps. Before entering the bar, you get protective clothes, which not only includes a coat but also a furry hat and gloves. While this seems exaggerated at first, you might change your mind after some time in the bar.
This bar has two doors, and the lady at the entrance who puts on the clothes for you, asks you to go inside the first door and wait until it is closed, before opening the second one. This obviously keeps the cold inside as much as possible. The next step takes you into a fridge-like cold. The walls are ice blocks, the tables are chunks of ice, the counter is ice, the lamp is made from ice, and, of course, so are the glasses.
At first you think it is actually not too bad, until you get to really feel the cold and start putting on the gloves and hat. When you order one of the few non-alcoholic drinks, you risk having a frozen drink if you are not fast enough drinking your consumption. Of course, this risk is much lower when you take one of the strong alcoholic drinks.
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