Manchester City star Elano admits the Ukraine winters contributed to him failing to settle at former club Shakhtar Donetsk.
"Everything was different from the rock-hard pitches to the extra footwear and extra clothing I wore to keep warm.
"I had to learn to speak Russian too, so it was a completely different experience, although having been there for two years, I think I managed to beat the cold in the end."
The Brazilian added: "I am enjoying every minute of my time at Manchester City.
"It would be nice to see a few more of my fellow countrymen come here.
"Brazil means passion. A lot of people around the world try to harm one another but in my country, football is more important than anything else."