Now more than ever I remember why I HATED winter before moving to Switzerland!!!
On my way home today from the grocery the wind whipped freezing cold air straight through my very being. I had a flashback to when I lived in Ohio and would run to my car as fast as I could. I would jump in my car and slam my door shut on winter! Winter was never happy and would howl all around my car and push it with force as I drove on in spite of it.
Today, I finally realized that it wasn’t really winter that I hated. It was winter wind!
After moving to Switzerland I found winters to be gentle no matter if the snow was higher than my head. Here even the snow feels soft and powdery under your boots as you walk making you think of sand on a beach. The sun kisses your face and warms your bones here in the Jura of Switzerland…Even in winter. I would often find myself stopping to gaze over the snow covered mountains in no hurry to go home.
All of that was until this freezing cold winter wind hit our cozy snow covered mountains.
Now I hate putting on my coat because I know it will not be enough to keep that vicious winter wind out. I practically run to the bus stop, the grocery store or anywhere else that forces me out of the warmth of my apartment. I detest this old winter wind more than I ever did in Ohio. It makes me ache for the gentle winter that I had grown to love and even look forward to.
This past week the winter wind has been so hard and bitter that even the snow crunches. I had forgotten that for my entire life snow only crunched when you walked on it. In Ohio, we never had the soft powdery snow that I have come to know since moving to Switzerland.
For the first time since moving to Switzerland, I find myself HATING the fact that it is winter.
When I come home out of the freezing cold, I slam my door shut on the winter wind. The winter wind howls outside my windows and pushs hard against my shutters making them rattle.
I grumble under my breath, “Go away winter wind! You are more than welcome to go back to Ohio and leave my gentle Swiss winter alone!”
We have another week of this horrible wind and then I hope winter goes back to normal for the Jura.
Photos below were taken a few weeks back when it was still possible to enjoy winter. :)