What's the weather like in your country? Does the weather affect your mood? Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown?
Dismal (adj.) - sad and without hope.
Breeze (noun) - a light, cool wind.
Fuss (verb) - show unnecessary or excessive concern about something.
Cozy (adj.) - comfortable, pleasant, and inviting, (of a room or building) because small and warm.
Principle (noun) - a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.
Spiritual (adj) - of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit.
Torrential (adj) - used to refer to very heavy rain.
Haar (noun) - a cold sea fog on the east coast of England or Scotland.
SP factor (noun) - SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and the number beside it indicates how well the sunscreen protects skin against sunburn
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Questions and answers
Maria: What's the weather like in your country?
Rory: I suppose the stereotype is that Scottish weather is quite dismal since we're in the north and we're surrounded by two seas and an ocean. But actually, it's quite varied. We have sunny days in the summer with the occasional chilly breeze, I'll concede, and snowy winters, though, I suppose with climate change they are less common now, but we still have them.
Maria: Do you like the weather in your country?
Rory: Well, I'm not overly fussed about it because I live in Russia and it's not like in Russia where, you know, weather can seriously mess up your day. You just need to be a little bit more prepared since it can be changeable, at least in Scotland and Russia. You've got to be super prepared, don't you?
Maria: Does is the weather affects your mood?
Rory: I suppose it depends on how sleepy I am. It's quite cozy when the rain is battering down and you're in bed and you're away to sleep. Of course, if I were out in there, I would feel completely differently. So I suppose the general principle is it affects my mood in proportion or relating to how much it wrecks the peace and quiet of my life.
Maria: What do you usually do on sunny days?
Rory: I like to go for walks and listen to music by myself. It's nice to just enjoy the sunshine and the rear. Well, the rare opportunity to get a tan when you can, whether it's in Scotland or Russia. Of course, some people go overboard and take their tops off with no protection and then they get horribly burned. But I think I tan quite well.
Maria: Do you often use sunscreen?
Rory: Oh, actually, not at all, but please don't do that if you're listening to this and do not do as I do, but rather do as I say and wear sunscreen. I'm actually the only person in my family that could tan well, for some reason, everyone else I know gets horribly burned or they get burned quite badly and they need a high SP factor cream. I don't know why that is. It must be some sort of genetic anomaly, but I don't advise people to go out without any sunscreen because it's quite dangerous, actually.
Maria: Do you like rainy days?
Rory: If i'm inside and not out in the rain then it's not so bad. Usually these days are for sitting inside and doing something spiritual or intellectual, like meditating or writing, for example.
Maria: Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown?
Rory: Not generally, though. There is a bridge near my house in Scotland that gets partially flooded in the rain and cars have to drive through it really carefully or well, their engines will get flooded as well. Other things, like getting a bit muddy can be a problem. It's usually not a big deal, though, unless it's like torrential rain. And even then, the worst we've had is some water in the kitchen. We live near a river, so maybe the haar in the morning in the summer might affect boats' ability to navigate. But it's never caused significant problems before. So not really is the answer.