Stories from Afar & Up Close

Sunny side up

There are, of course, always things to miss. I might miss my friends in the Netherlands, my family, my beloved. I might miss stroopwafels, liquorice and yellow cheese of the Gouda-variety. I might miss biking everywhere, and peace and calm in the middle of the city. And I do. But right now, most of all, I miss autumn. I miss seeing the world turn yellow, orange, red and brown. I miss the heavy rain announcing the end of summer. It’s the end of October; it’s sunny and 27 °C.

It's getting ridiculous. Or maybe I am just all too used to something far more dramatic than a few splotches of water and a fresh breeze interrupting otherwise sunny, warm days to remind me that seasons exist when flipflops aren’t appropriate footwear…