When you move on a regular basis you never know what each season will bring. Chances are that summer and winter in your old location will not look or feel the same in your new home. Locals, or at least those people who have experienced a seasonal cycle or two will tell you that this year's weather isn't normal, rather it is colder, wetter, hotter, drier, etc. than normal. What does this really mean? I mean what is normal weather like any way?
Greening Tirana foothills
Mother Albania surrounded by green
We're approaching the one year mark in Albania and with each new season have been told that the weather isn't what is used to be (can you say global warming????). Summer was supposedly hotter than usual and this past winter was colder. I don't know if this is true but summer did feel very hot and this past winter was a lot colder than I had expected. I don't know what to anticipate in terms of weather any more.
Spring has officially been here for over a month but I think the weather is finally catching on. Overnight the weather has turned from cold, gray, and rainy to bright, clear and sunny. It feels as thought the entire country is undergoing an awakening after a long sleep. Flowers in our yard are in full bloom (as are my allergies) and the mountains outside of Tirana are once again turning green. The sky is a brilliant shade of azure blue and the air is crisp and clean. The days are growing longer with sunlight filling both our early morning and late evening hours. The sidewalk cafes are once again filled with lounging coffee drinkers and we've returned to our late afternoon ritual of going to the playground.
And container gardening
I love the weather and am taking every opportunity I can to get out and enjoy it. And I must. Because before I know it summer will be upon us again with her stifling hot temperatures and smog filled air. But like I said, in the mean time I'm going to enjoy it and get out and play.