Friday, March 1, 2013

The Tyranny of Winter is Over!

Today marks the first day of spring in Moldova and the weather has changed dramatically to prove it. I wouldn't go so far as to call today a warm day but what it lacked in warmth it made up for in sunshine. So much so that every time I look outside I get the impression that not only has winter left for good but that we are well on our way to summer. After months of absolutely no sunshine the bright, clear sky has left everyone in a great mood. With all the gloom and dreariness of winter it can be easy to fall into depression or be otherwise affected in a negative way by the weather. What a difference a little sun can make.

It was quite a refreshing walk to school with the sun warming my face, although admittedly also chilled by the wind, enjoying the fact that the sun was already having the desired effect of cutting back on the amount of mud I had to deal with.

Arriving at school I was greeted by students wearing their best clothes to wish all the teachers a happy spring and giving them a marțișor, which is a traditional red and white trinket that everyone wears on the first day of March to celebrate the first day of spring. Coincidentally, today was also the last day of school before our Spring Break. The combination of the sunshine with the holiday celebrations and the promise of a vacation made today a great day and now with a week long vacation all I have to do is to sit and enjoy the weather.

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