Tag: the weather

April in Minnesota

Since we landed in Minnesota, the weather has been awful: honest-to-god-snowtorms, rain, cold, just the gamut of terrible weather. Yet somehow I am in good spirits—it makes such a difference to be surrounded by so many friendly faces, good conversations, and good food. Yesterday there…

Springtime in Berlin

This is it. This is what it’s like here right now: a never-ending loop of winter. If you take last “summer” into consideration, this is like month 18 of winter for Berlin. And I have had it. At this time of the year, it is…

Hammershøi Light

My touchstone for defining lack of sunshine was always the Pacific Northwest, but places like Portland and Seattle get more sun on average than Berlin. I know. The paintings of the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi do a lovely job at capturing the winter light in…

Sun

We rearranged our schedules today to get out into the sun. So cold and windy out there, but I needed that light on my face. And I needed to take photos—I have really missed wandering, looking, and snapping these last few months. The Kleingartens have…

Cold.

Everybody’s talking about the insufferable cold. At the moment it is 36°F or 2°C. That sound you hear is the collective snort from my readers in Minnesota, where it is currently -5°F or -20°C. And honestly when I go outside here, I still secretly marvel…

Training

Mound, Minnesota circa 1950 This is how we roll where I come from; let the babes loose in the snow and let them figure it out. And yet despite my lifelong training, I almost managed to break my head last night on the Berlin sidewalks….

Wunderland.

Berlin. Seven inches of powdery snow fell on Berlin yesterday, obliging parents everywhere to trot out the family toboggan and dutifully pull their kiddos through the winter wunderland. + Little trees sculpted from—and living inside of—shopping bags. By Yuken Teruya.

Cured.

Berlin. Homesickness set in a few weeks ago and then Berlin succumbed to subzero temperatures, a mean wind blew, and the snow began to fall. Everyone else is freaking out in disbelief about the cold and the couple inches of snow, but to me it...
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