7 Oct

Indian summers

We’ve had a right Indian summer all over Europe this year, and Poland has been no exception. What this means is that the parasols and seating in the Rynek stay out for longer, though the pub in the park is more work-to-rule and where there were parasols and benches is just a bit of concrete floor now. What it also means is that people are doing lots of things ‘before it gets cold”; some of my fellow teachers have been visiting places of interest, especially if they’re new here, so as to squeeze it all in, and there’s been a lot of rushing around places nearby.

I have been taking advantage of the weather by taking long walks in autumnally-coloured parks, or squeezing pictures out of reflections on lakes and rivers, zooming lenses to get abstract rippling effects on video, and generally being impressionistic, as the colours are so oil-painting at this time of the year.

The hint of a chill breeze has just started to nip people less-than-playfully, but it’s still a very long way from permafrost. Cars and buses rumble and choke, roar and murmur, and no one is yet slipping and sliding or digging their way out of their snow-trapped vehicles. Maybe it won’t happen. Poles are anyway much better equipped for the snow than say, the Istanbullus (let alone the British). I can remember when it took two hours to get from one side of the Bosphorus to the other because of a few flakes of snow in the city of the Sultans.

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