Local Heart, Global Soul

September 22, 2014

Seasons Changing In Just A Few Hours…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m used to driving down green leafy streets before getting into a plane in New Zealand on a blue skied, tee-shirt warm summers day and stepping out in into the even hotter warmth of tropical Singapore.

We then later step into another plane and step out into a snowy winters day in the Netherlands where the temperatures are hovering around zero and the trees are bare, but this trip back from Greece in 2012 was very much a shock.

The difference is that when we fly from Singapore to Amsterdam it’s a fourteen hour flight  that has already followed a ten hour flight from New Zealand and when you know you are making a trip from one end of the globe to the other you expect the seasons to be different.

A three hour trip from Greece seems by contrast far too close by for there to be such a vast difference, but vast difference there is. At the end of October 2012 we stepped into the plane in Greece in shirtsleeves, the evening temperature was still around twenty degrees, there was a balmy holiday atmosphere. By the time we reach Charleroi in Belgium it’s a total shock, it’s approximately 11:30 p.m. at night and temperatures are well below freezing.

Waiting for the shuttle bus at the bus stop outside the terminus is bone numbingly cold despite our coats, once the shuttle arrives and takes us back to the hotel we  have to chip the ice of the windows before we can set off. We could have stayed the night in Belgium but facing sparce traffic after midnight was a nicer option than in rush hour the next day and Himself had had a nap on the plane,  so he opted to drive straight home the same evening.

Back in The Hague Himself carries sleeping children upstairs to their beds. It’s been trying to snow already and whist we have the idea that it’s late summer, early autumn in Greece, just three and a half hours flying time north there is absolutely no doubt that it was cold, dark winter at home.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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