It’s spring! And the first day of spring (on 20th of March this year) was a record-breaking beautiful day, with temperatures of over 21 degrees Celsius. That was great, despite the fact that we didn’t have much of a winter this year. Unlike the US, all of Europe experienced an incredibly mild winter. We didn’t even see one snow flake where I live and work. Only the north of the Netherlands had a handful of days with just a little bit of snow. But still, after grey skies for months, it is great when the sun returns! There’s nothing quite like the light of spring, when the sun is already bright and still unfiltered because the trees have no leaves yet.
So I looked around town for a couple of hours – during my lunch break and after work – and saw many people who were cycling and enjoying the sunshine in Utrecht. They cycled with a back drop of blooming flowers such as crocuses, daffodils and blooming trees like cherry blossom and magnolias. It is always funny to see that while one person cycled in a short-sleeved T-shirt, others were still wearing their winter coats and scarves. Coats that some others again had draped over their handle bars.
Here’s a short video of that first day of spring.
Short video impression of the first day of Spring cycling in Utrecht