Summer is finally here! We have those hot days and mild nights that had been promised to us. Now what exactly do I love about a Dutch summer? There are a number of things but a few really stick out for me.
During the Dutch summer, the sun rises early and sets around 11pm. This makes the days super long! You wake up and the sun is up. You go to bed and the sun is just setting… It reminds me of the warm summer nights back in California. We would stay out late and enjoy our youth. While I’m not as young any more, I still feel young at heart!
Dutch summer nights… Blankets aren’t necessary and night time walks are dreamy. There are times when a light summer jacket is needed but the true summer nights have no need. I love walking the dogs in a warm twilight. Sometimes bats can be seen too!
Everything is green
Well mostly everything. Usually a Dutch summer means a lot of warm days followed by a lot of rainy days. We haven’t had rain in a long time so the grass is patchy. But the trees and bushes are thick and luscious! It’s a wonderful time to go biking through parks because everything is so lush. There are so many animals out and about too! But, alas, with lots of warm weather comes lots of bugs.
Everyone is celebrating
During a Dutch summer, everyone is in their garden having a BBQ. The scent of smoky treats is always present around dinner time. My mouth is always watering but that doesn’t mean we don’t have delicious dinners! Since we’re more active during the summer months, we get to have ice cream every day! There are so many types of ice creams! It’s hard to choose which one to eat, but you’ll have to trust me when I say that I stick to the low calorie frozen treats.
Cycling every day
And speaking of low calorie treats, we get to bike every day! Dutch summers are perfect for going out and embracing the sunshine. Sander and I usually bike about an hours worth around town. That means around 550 calories burned! I’ve never been so excited about biking! I’m trying to get back into shape and biking everyday is a healthy way to do that. We usually head out after dinner time so that we don’t get the full force of the sun. It might be The Netherlands, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get sunburnt!