I know that when many of you think of Europe and winter, you think snow. Just go and look at how beautiful Norway and Finland are right now. While it’s true many places are blessed with tons of the white, we have not been so lucky this winter. During the month of December, we might have got 6 inches, which made the holiday season beautiful and white for a few days.
By the time our youngest got here, most of the snow had melted and was beginning to be replaced with wet. Lots of wet. In the last 14 days, we’ve only seen the sun once and we figure that was a mistake. LOL! Unfortunately for us, the day the sun came out, it was fiercely cold and windy. My initial thought was great as now maybe we’d get some more snow...can you tell I love snow yet?
Instead of giving us more, the weather actually got warmer and grayer. I can understand now why Dwight D. Eisenhower complained more than once about the European weather. I’ve visited Alaska, Scotland and Seattle and I know the feelings I had there are nothing compared to the dismal array I have here. The last two days I’ve been lamenting the fact that I’ve seen nothing but gray skies for almost 8 days now.
I was even more disappointed when I got up this morning and realized we were in a downpour. But January is one of the worst months as far as gray is concerned I’m told. This is my second winter here and I don’t remember it being this bad the first one. Here are a few pictures to show you what I mean. Notice how the ground is wet and the sky is gray!
Here's a picture taken out of a train as we were going to Bratislava for the day. Notice how gray the sky is and the dots on the window. It was pouring as we were coming home.
One evening when there was a little bit of snow still left on the ground, we took pup Harry out for his evening walk. It started to rain on us and melt the snow. I know you can't see the sky but it was again cloudy.
We frequently take pup Harry out to a place called Beethovangang for some longer walks. There are a lot of trees there that are slow to lose their leaves as well as evergreens. The day we went during the second week of December, the ground is wet and sky gray. They also didn't seem to get as much snow as we had in the center of the city as there was little to none to be seen.
Next time, I’ll be talking about the train system here and how easy it is to use!