It’s been chilly for a while here in Vienna. Highs in the 40s, lows just above freezing. Perfectly normal, of course, for this time of year in this part of the world. Because we spend a fair bit of time outside (not having a car means that our daily routines involve a lot of walking and/or waiting for public transportation), it’s easy to lose perspective and feel like 42 with a good breeze is cold.
Vienna was happy to remind us today that THAT is not cold and that we’ve actually been very lucky this year (last year, we had snow before Halloween). We woke up to 34, snow and real wind. NOW it’s winter. Now we remember what cold feels like! Today (as the temperature fell through the morning — thank you, Vienna) we had the kind of wind that takes your breath away and can, when it gusts, literally move your feet sideways on their way to their intended destination or make forward progress literally impossible. And that’s for me — the kids are lucky to not actually be blown over.
So it is now really, properly cold here (it’ll get worse, but the forecast for the week indicates that our days of coasting in the 40s are probably over for the season). We only got a few festive flurries and a light dusting on the grass today, but I’m glad to have had a little snow today. (If we’re going to be frozen, it might as well feel festive!) With a strong, cold wind, a little snow, and dusk that falls around 3:30 in the afternoon, it truly feels like winter in Vienna again. (And, it feels like it really is almost Christmas!)