hard core …
… that’s what I would call this. ‘Normal’ is what Germans would call this.
I snapped this picture last winter in Munich while I was out on a run (as I’ve mentioned before, I took my camera with me on several runs last winter to capture the beautiful winter scenery). This was by no means a novelty, my mail was delivered daily by bike even once winter came. It was something that amazed and delighted me – seeing how people in a cycling friendly society adapted to the different seasons and continued to use the different types of transportation that seemed normal and routine to them all year long. Cycling in many European countries is not seasonal or weather dependent. It’s just a way of getting around. And just like we make adjustments to our cars in the winter, one makes adjustments to one’s bike and clothing, and then carries on.
I’m going to try to remember this as the roads get snowier here, the temperatures colder, and more and more people look at me like I’m crazy for still hopping on my bike for the short commute I make to campus each day.
Ride on, German mail delivery person, and I’ll ride on here as well!