Our first two Aprils in Vienna were pretty much the same — lots of wind, a fair bit of rain and mostly chilly days, with just enough warm and sunny moments to give us hope that spring was really coming. This year has been completely different. Less than a month ago, we were lamenting the snow and continuing winter, wondering when we’d be able to enjoy the outdoors again and waiting for the flowers to bloom. And today — this whole past week, actually — has been sunny and warm. Shorts weather. Bordering on hot, and necessitating sunscreen.
It’s like we skipped spring altogether, which is kind of unfortunate, since it’s been one of my favorite things about living in Vienna. (The US mid-Atlantic, where I’m from, is notorious for skipping right from winter to summer. It’s considered perfectly normal to switch from using the central heating to the air conditioning in less that a week’s time.)
But, although I do kind of wish we’d made a more gradual transition to warm temperatures, I’m not going to waste the beautiful weather worrying about it (besides, it’s equally likely that May will be cold and wet since April really hasn’t been). So today we got outside to enjoy it.
We gave B a selection of options to choose from for our day, and he chose a trip to Schönbrunn, so we packed ourselves up and headed out there. We ran down shaded pathways, looked in the dirt at lots of bugs, visited Neptune’s Fountain, and climbed part of the way up the hill to the Gloriette (and then, of course, ran back down). We enjoyed the sun and the beautiful blue sky and the wonderful backdrop of imperial Vienna. And we marveled at the fact that while we sweated and worried about shade and sunburn today, we were at the Schönbrunn Easter market less than a month ago, shivering in our winter coats.
It’s been a strange spring in Vienna, but we were glad to make the most of a summery day at Schönbrunn today. B made a great choice, and we had a great day.