It’s mid-summer in Austria, but of late there has been occasional thunderstorms. It has been raining mostly in the afternoons and at night.
When will real summer come once again? This is the question many have been asking themselves after the recent storms that left the Danube very high with murky waters that made swimming a health risk. However looking at yesterday’s weather forecast for the next few days, there is cause for swimmers, sunbathers and Spaziergang to rejoice.Starting from today, Thursday, tempearatures are expected to go beyond 30 degrees celsius.
Actually, looking through our kitchen window as I take a break from writing my book, ‘The Return of a Diaspora’, and sipping some mint tea, I can see lots of blue sky and the sunshine that we had so much missed in the last few days.
However, those who like going for walks or hiking up the mountains may leave raincoats and umbrellas at their peril. I say so from experience. On our last visit to Punkersdorf and the villages beyond it, last week, we were caught unawares in the rain and soaked to the skin. Forewarned is forewarned.
As fine weather can be short-lived here, let me leave this book writing business for later. Now, it’s time to go outside. The idea here is to get out as soon as one sees sunshine, otherwise the weather can suddenly change before one does so. Probably we shall visit Africa Africa, where they are show casing African paraphernalia, food, music, you name it. The spot is on the green near the Millenium City. Africa Africa programme will go on for two weeks and today it’s the sixth day, I think. Time allowing, we will go on to Rathaus, the city hall where a lot is also happening this summer. It is a colourful festival with an excellent atmosphere created by the big outdoor screen at the square outside the city hall. Those who loved classical plays, this is a place not to miss. There is also a wonderful selection of world food and drinks that are reasonably prized.
Walking around the Rathaus park can be soothing, with shady trees under which one can rest and enjoy nature. The gardens and palaces around the Rathaus offer breathtaking views. Who knows, I may capture panorama scenes with my new iPhone and post them later.
For now, enjoy the rest of your summer, get as much fresh air as possible whenever you can.