They might call it Summer elsewhere, but it is called “heat wave” here in the Netherlands!
“So, where are you spending the heat wave?” – this is the question I hear most often lately, when 29 degrees were recorded yesterday and 31 initially appeared in today`s forecast. Well, I guess I`ll be spending the heat wave at the office until 5 PM and then somewhere – anywhere! – in the sun until the night falls.
I must say it`s pretty amazing to walk the streets of Amsterdam and to be offered the best climatic circumstances to enjoy it and by these I mean: no cold, no rain, no wind. Just some warm air. It doesn`t even need to be sunny. Just no cold, no rain, no wind.
In moments like these, with zero climatic factors to disturb you, you can actually feel the blessing of living in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth!
You may stop from your walk, take a sit on one of the benches along the canals and just be. Boats will pass by, full of people drinking white wine and listening to music. Fair haired children will smile at you from the bikes on which they`re carried by their parents. Ducks will make little waves on the water`s surface as they`re passing by. A photo fanatic will stop and try to capture all the beauty. At the windows of the buildings nearby or in the balconies (for those who have them), you`ll see people laying in weird positions, but everythink is fine as long as the face or the feet meet the sun!
Yesterday I was quite happy to notice that almost all windows were open – to let the warm air get into the house as well! – and, from one particular apartment, opera songs were coming out. Someone in there was definitely having a great time!
Others, who preferred to spend as much time as possible outside the house, were having late dinner on (their own) chairs, almost on the street, barefoot and… happy!
A man was throwing cold water on his door steps, which made me smile as it reminded me of hot Summer days back in Romania, where this habit was almost vital and was performed especially in the morning.
In moments like these you will feel there is absolutely nothing missing from the picture and that everything is wonderful. And it is! But sometimes all you need to realize this is just no cold, no rain, no wind and, preferably, a heat wave over Amsterdam!
Here are some photos taken just a couple of days before the “heat wave”: