Summer in Basel right now. The weather is giving us plenty of sunshine and heat for the moment. I am grateful that the heat is not as bad as last year. Today we are having one of the hottest days so far with 33 degrees. A few thunderstorms are expected at the end of the week. To me they are welcome as they help to clear the air and bring down the temperature a bit.
Basel has that summer feeling right now. The evenings are beautiful weather they are spend down by the river with friends or at home hanging out on our deck. Yes, I have done my first swim of the season in the river already. Sunday I met up with my Swedish friend C and we were hanging out by the Rhine and cooled off with a short swim. However, the water was still pretty cold Sunday with only 18 degrees. That sure does cool you off.
Down by the river there is always something happening. That is THE place to hang out and meet up. People picknick, BBQ, swim, there are concerts a great place for just people watching or relaxing.
It is vacation time. Many people are out of our office. Schools in Basel are out all of July until mid August. Right now is the peak of summer. July is generally the hottest month of the year here. Summer is nice now so I do not mind staying in the city. We are having some vacation later on in mid September when we are going to the northern Atlantic coastal region of Spain. I am going to Krakow, Poland with a friend over the weekend in about two weeks which will also be fun.
The Open Air Cinema evenings are about to start. Every year they set up a big screen at the plaza by the Dome and do the open air cinema which is a nice event. There is a program so that you know times and movies that will be shown.
I am taking it slower and enjoying the summer with all it brings as much as possible. Posts on the blog may not be as regular as usual. I am letting myself go a little off-line mode which I believe we all need from time to time.