April, the weather, and turning 25

 “April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Aprilwetter. Literally, it means “April weather”. We have a word for it here in Germany, since we have a word for anything, really. It usually describes the unpredictability of the weather during this time of the year. I see the frustration among my colleagues when they go out for their lunch break, sunglasses on, and then they come back after an hour soaking wet because it had started to rain while they were somewhere in the middle of Tiergarten.

I, on the other hand, especially love April because my birthday is on the 30th, which means I have the whole month to get excited about it. This year’s will be extra special because while we were on our holiday in Stockholm last February, my wife (almost impulsively) booked us a weekend trip to Copenhagen for my birthday! She thought it only fair since she was having her Scandinavian birthday weekend during that moment and I guess she was having such a great time she thought I should have my own as well (or at least that is what I like to believe what happened). Also, flights were cheap, obviously.

But, there’s more!

Back in November I saw this post on Tumblr about a sea organ on the coast of Croatia that is supposed to make music whenever the waves crash into its tubes. I searched for the exact location of this architectural magic and found out it is in a city called Zadar. Back then, Ryanair was still pretty new to Berlin SXF airport so I was suprised to find a direct flight going to Zadar! Again, for a very low price!

To cut the story short, our flights were booked that same day. We are leaving four days after we get back from Copenhagen. I know, it almost sounds ridiculous how close these dates are, but these are all just weekend getaways so we don’t miss work. It’s important to earn some cash for more (cheap) adventures like these.

And because I’m excited, and because this post started with a talk about the weather, I’ve been tracking the current weather in the cities we will be visiting this year.

I don’t know but just the idea of going to these places very soon has left me curious to know what it would be like to be there right now.

Bratislava – Vienna – Budapest are the legs of our trip along the Danube this summer. The sunny weather of the Spring keeps reminding me how close we are to those days. 🙂

I am especially excited to be writing about all these very soon!

Until then,


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