I may sound like a broken record, but it’s raining again in Amsterdam. Does one ever get used to the rain here? While the Dutchies simply face another rainy day as par for the course, I’m still hoping, in my last few weeks here, for a hole in one. Can you imagine Amsterdam with full sun everyday? I dare say it might then be the absolute perfect place to live.

Living in Amsterdam has given me a new appreciation for good weather. Before May, that lovely month with record breaking heat and sun, my iPhone morning greeting was “Good morning Cathy. Stay dry today in Amsterdam. Rain is in the forecast.” Shocker.

You know those friends you have from California who actually complain about constant good weather? That’s right, they actually complain about sunshine on a daily basis and wearing t-shirts and shorts and going to the beach all year long. I secretly want them to live here for a really long time so they’ll realize not to say things like that to those who actually do live in The Netherlands. Believe me the grass may actually be greener here, since there is definitely not a water shortage, but my envy of those complaining may possibly be brighter than that Dutch grass.

This past May was the hottest on record in Amsterdam. The sun was generous. If you had visitors during then you may have found yourself saying, “You are so lucky. The weather isn’t usually like this,” as I did. And still people were complaining about the heat. I had to resist the urge to yell at them “HELLO! It’s going to rain sometime very soon, probably for a week straight. Enjoy this while it lasts.”

And here we are. The rain is back again. The old normal. Bring back that sun and heat I say. I want to be looking for shade. Where’s my bike seat cover? Which of my three raincoats should I wear? Is it side blowing rain or just constant drizzle?

I wonder when I move back to the US to a very hot southern state if I will be wishing for a rainy day. Naaahhh













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