Like a final curtain call, February brought a frigid, wintery encore to Copenhagen.
I wasn’t sure if it would happen, but even with temperatures well below freezing, we are still biking. The earth is brittle and the air is so crisp, that it feels like sipping a glass of ice water as I pedal with deliberate intent on warming the blood more quickly. As you have noticed, the girls wear their flyverdragt (snow suits) every day and although it stays relatively warm inside the covered canvas of the bike, I often load them up with blankets, hot water bottles or a cup of warm cocoa.
Compared to the last 2 years, when snow was on the ground in Copenhagen from November to March (as I’ve been told) we have been extremely fortunate to have had such a mild winter. Still, for someone who is new to this biking culture lifestyle, riding every day in weather like this is not always easy. However, like most challenges in life, it brings great rewards. Every time I choose bike over bus or train, I am glad I did.
It is typical (apparently) for January and February to bring the coldest temperatures to Denmark. These low temps have been accompanied by a spectacular string of clear days. The sun doesn’t get high enough in the sky to provide much any warmth, but there is no doubt that it warms the soul. We have been catching a bit of that sun, with our nature-filled, Icy Sun Catchers, inspired by the January section of The Rhythm of Family, by Amanda and Stephen Soule.
I am currently enjoying the wintery contrast of the chill outside with the cozy warmth of inside, but February sun always brings a bit of hope for warmer days ahead. So here’s to hoping this beautiful sun catcher begins to melt sooner, rather than later!