It’s no secret that I’m not a winter lover — especially not when it comes to those annoyingly gloomy Central European winters, when it feels like all colors are faded and all sounds are muted. Most of the time, winters in Germany are just plain gray in gray. Wind, freezing rain, and sunsets in the early afternoon make it difficult to spend time outside. Winters in Germany mostly feel like a country full of bad-temerped people is hiding inside, waiting desperately for that first spring day when the cafés put their chairs out again.
And even though I’ve been trying to appreciate winter more, most of the time it’s just really hard for me. Except on those very rare beautiful winter days: There are only just a few days per season that I consider to be one of those winter days you’d see on a ski resort postcard: Glittery fresh snow, crisp blue skies, and glorious sunshine. This season, there were just a few such moments of first snow and perfect sunsets thus far, and I really hope there are a few more coming.
Those perfect winter days sadly didn’t last long thus I never got around to taking photos with my proper camera, but as they say: The best camera is the one you have with you. So I didn’t stress out about taking photos with the big girl camera, enjoyed the holidays with my friends and family instead, and only snapped a photo with my phone here and there — on the way to a coffee date in a pretty little city, or while walking the dog.
Winter in Germany might last another two months (help!), but I thought I’d share my prettiest Instagram winter photos now already to help me appreciate the few rare perfect and the many not-sot-perfect winter moments while we’re still in the middle of the season.
I only take photos on the good days and if my Instagram account is quiet so several days (sorry about that!), it means that there is no light, no color, and no a single pretty sight I can photograph in wintery Germany. I’m coping with as much tea and candles as possible and I’m trying to run outside as soon as a see the slightest ray of sunshine.
I truly hoping that there are more pretty winter days to come and until then I’ll just keep pretending that winter in Germany always looks just like my photos in this post.
Have you experienced a winter in Central Europe? How did you cope?