Spring, Summer or Snow?
If there is one thing with a mind of its own, it’s the weather. It’s mid-March and I have seen the snowflakes fall here quite often over the past few weeks. (And again as I am writing this!) But there were also days even in February when everyone in Zürich was outside, having lunch at sidewalk tables with jackets draped over their chairs, or strolling along the lake. Not because they all believed it was an early spring… but rather, they knew that it wasn’t, and they’d better take advantage of the beautiful weather while it lasted. Because back would come the flurries to remind us all… winter’s not quite over yet.
And I may be alone in saying this, but I don’t mind the snow. At all. (Ok, so I don’t have a car to defrost either.) When it was unseasonably warm here recently, sure I went for a run along the water and took in some sun, but I was also jealous of the crazy snowfall in New York City and DC. Yes, Zürich comes to life when the sun is shining and the lake scene is abuzz. But I find the city – and especially the old town – just magical, with a soft dusting of snow and an unparalleled beauty in the play of light and shadows…
When spring finally is here for good, I know I’ll miss the sound of fresh snow beneath my feet, waking up on a weekend morning and deciding to go skiing – on the spot, just like that, or dashing outside with my camera to take photos of the neighborhood, simply because… it’s snowing! (You’d think I grew up in the Maldives and have never seen snow before, but I actually have wonderful childhood memories of snow days [school’s closed!], building snowmen with carrot noses, snowball fights, sledding down the “hill” in our backyard, Freezy Freakies (gloves that changed colors in the cold!)… and shoveling the driveway in New York.)
So if you’re reading this in Switzerland, sorry folks, there’s more winter coming our way. Enjoy the mountains, the winter sports and the obligatory pots of fondue that complete the scene. And wherever you are, enjoy a few photo highlights below of how we enjoyed the snow this winter… so far!
Skiing in Flumserberg, about an hour and a half from Zürich:
Sledding from Preda to Bergün on one of the most well-known sledging trails in Switzerland (called Schlittelwelt here), not far from St Moritz:
And plenty of walks around the old villages of the Lower Engadine (as far east in Switzerland as you can go), one of my favorite regions in the country. Here you’ll find Switzerland’s only national park, traditional etched Sgraffito decoration on the homes, and hear the rare sounds of Romansh, the country’s fourth official language (along with German, French and Italian):
What’s the weather like where you are ? Are these images a chilly reminder that summer is months away (sorry), or a welcome breath of fresh mountain air while the temperatures soar to sweltering by you ?