Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hey, we are missing an indian summer here

Let's talk about winter. I like winter. I love the snow. And the feeling of coming in from the cold to a warm cup of black tea with milk. But ...

View from my window

... it's only October! And it's unusual for Vienna to have snow in the middle of October. Imagine, we still had 28°C (about 82 F) last week in Vienna. Well, now it's less. Far less. We had snow on Wednesday for the first time. Apparently, according to the news (in German), this is the first October with so much snow in Austria in 25 years. Cool, eh?

Oh, I enjoyed it so much. I like to get all wrapped up in my velvet jacket, my warm gloves, my cosy scarf and my colorful cap. And then the snow. Snow just looks lovely. And cycling in the snow is much better than cycling in the rain. One arrives a lot drier. And happier :-).

Ready to hit the road (me in winter clothes)My "I don't like to be stuck in a traffic jam generated by lazy I-use-my-car-cause-I-don't-want-to-get-a-cool-butt-people when it's f***ing freezing"-faceYeah, snow is nice (me dreaming of winter already :-))

Well, the snow unfortunately didn't stay and they claim that it will be a lot warmer again next week. Generally fall in Vienna means the following: fog – fog – rain – fog – rain – fog – wind – fog – rain – rain – wind – fog. That's a good weather to get into a slow and lazy mood. For proper snow we probably have to wait a few more weeks ...

Still, it's time to dig out your winter clothes and strong bike lights, and to peacefully cycle into a winter full of snow (as always I hope that there will be a lot of snow, I hope you agree). For some general tips about winter cycling see my posts from last time:
  1. the bicycle
  2. the cyclist
  3. cycling


Courtnee said...

I've observed that the Fall in north Georgia is just a gradual decrease in heat. Early fall is warm morning-hot day-warm night, mid-season is cool morning-warm day-cool night, and the end is cold morning-cool day-cold night. The end of Fall sometimes lingers into the beginning of Winter. Or we have warm spells. I just know that there have been some Halloweens where I've been out [at night] without a coat and some Thanksgivings where my family barbecued.

I miss those times. I'm looking for them again, but the weatherman is not giving me any encouragement.

Dottie said...

I agree, snow in October is not cool. I love snow, but I love October more and really need to enjoy at least a bit of fall before winter. Here in Chicago it's been rain, rain, rain, a bit of sun. As long as it doesn't start snowing yet, I won't complain.

Love the pictures and captions :)

Velouria said...

Wow, looks like I will be coming just in time for mid-winter in November. Unless Vienna decides to have an Indian Summer in November?

ibikelondon said...

I can't even begin to imagine cycling in the snow - brrrrr - I am such a wimp when it comes to the cold. Loving the stripey rainbow hat though! Keep up the cool pics

Velouria said...

Irony: The evening after I posted my previous comment, it snowed here in Boston as well! Very light snow that melted pretty fast, but still!

Sonja said...

That is so cool! I love your rainbow tuque :) It seems that my town is the last one to get any snow. We haven't had any yet, and its snowing in Vienna and Boston!

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