Excellent news. Now that it's April the sun is starting to make appearances. The blue skies, flirting warmth and blooming flowers makes Dordrecht a very pleasant place to experience spring. The other morning, I woke up to wispy clouds and a blazing sun and thought to myself, 'today is the day - I am NOT wearing jeans and a sweater'. I happily threw on a sun dress and headed to the market.
Walking around centrum, I noticed scores of beautiful women, pale legs and shoulders exposed - skin that had been hiding since last summer. I really didn't think much of it, other than an appreciation for the warm, beautiful day. I should add that it was 60 degrees Fahrenheit - who am I?
Later that afternoon, a friend of ours came by for dinner. After the usual greeting, he stepped back, observed my outfit and said "Nice dress! I love Rokjesdag!"
"Yes, Rokjesdag - Skirt Day! It happens in the spring. The first sunny day where it's warm enough for the ladies wear dresses and shorts! You get to see all the beautiful girls who have been hiding under hats and jackets! It's not planned, it just happens. Today was the day!".
The long and dark winters make Spring in the Netherlands extra special. Rokjesdag is a perfect example of how much the Dutch enjoy the changing seasons. While I certainly miss the California warmth, I happy to experience this seasonal celebration.
Do you have any seasonal experiences unique to your location?