Liv Hambrett

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Life in Weiden

Dopamine & Vitamin D

When the sun comes out, as it has done today, Germans everywhere sprint to the nearest cafe with outdoor seating – the chairs would have been hurriedly dragged outside at the first beam of sun, for this very onslaught – and order ice cream. And beer. But mostly ice cream, they’re mad for it. And they sit, in their scarves and jackets, faces tipped to the sun, sucking in their first dose of vitamin D in six months.

So, today, when I woke up and saw the type of clean, white light peculiar to clear skies and its playmate, the sun, I knew. I knew we had to put on our glad rags – I tried for a frock, but it wasn’t that warm – and hit the town. So we did. And we did it with the sun on our backs and a spring in our step. Just like all the other like minded Weidenites. It was, in a word, glorious.  The level of sheer happiness that floods one’s being at the tail end of a European winter is incomparable. It is relief, mingled with dopamine, a heady, potent, head spinning cocktail. It is as if you have spent six months preparing for the end of the world and then just when you think it is all about to end, all about to implode around you, someone says, ‘guess what! The world isn’t ending! And you’re moving to Jamaica, with $50 million, and you never have to work again!’ Imagine that feeling. Imagine it. That is what it is like, when the European winter finally ends. Except maybe better.

In the town centre, we found a cafe had suddenly appeared within the old Rathaus and not only did it have chairs in the sun, it was serving icecream. SG turned to me. ‘Shall we? Shall we have an eis?’ Ridiculous question. Shoving an  icecream down my gullet, whilst sitting in the sun, was precisely what I wanted to do.

So we did. And it was delicious. I think I even got a tan.

Banana split.

Not a cloud in the sky.

That cute little Rathaus again.

Last time we were here, it was about -20! Ha!


  1. Dom

    16 March, 2012 at 8:51 am

    you know why Germans love ice cream so much? Cause it is delicious, made by real Italian ice cream experts and it is so wonderfully cheap!!! Australia, you have so much to learn…

  2. admin

    16 March, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Oi, we have Italian ice cream! Haven’t you been to Melbourne???

  3. Adventures (@in_expatland)

    20 March, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Dutchies love their sun as well. The temperature doesn’t matter; a little sun and every single seat in every single cafe is full. I love taking pictures of it, and then joining them!

  4. passportsandpamplemousse

    27 November, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    germans Loooooooooooove their Ice Cream! I am more of a 2 scoop cone girl, but the Eisbecher is basically a sport here.

    1. Liv

      27 November, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      The ice cream hysteria in summer is quite something. Eis cafes are just PUMPING.

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