In America, I remember summer being such a fleeting season, it was gone in the blink of an eye. I never had many summer clothes, but I had tons of sweaters and boots. Here in Israel, it’s always summer and all I have are summer clothes these days. We’ve been swimming in the sea as late as the end of November before but you can find surfers (with wetsuits) surfing year round.
I know it might sound nice to have summer all the time, but I really miss the change of seasons; my favorite being autumn. As I start to see pumpkins and Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving turkies, snow and Christmas decorations in the newpapers, t.v. and blogs, my heart aches for home. Now what I don’t miss at home is all the weather that comes after Christmas, the dark, dreary, rainy days and the black slushy snow you often find in January, February and March. In Israel, these three months tend to be the rainy season. It will usually rain torrentially for about 15 minutes or so, then the sun will come out afterwards. It’s rare that it will rain all day and I think I’ve pulled my big, Chicago, furry coat out here maybe 3 times in 10 years.
The summer months in Tel Aviv are like living in a sauna, with humidity. It’s hard to find something to do besides swim and still stay cool. Years ago, some cars didn’t have air-conditioning in Israel, now it’s mandatory that a new car has an air-conditioner. People were “loosing their cool” more than normal in the summer heat while they were stuck in traffic.
So I’ll try to take the “make lemonaide” approach to the weather: all these sunny days do make Israeli’s a more active bunch. It’s a lot easier to go out and do things most of the year here because of the pleasant weather and everyone seems to be pretty fit. Bonus!