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My First Fall!

My First Fall

We all know that my time abroad in Europe so far has been full of surprise – that’s what this post is all about.  But the season of fall was another big shocker.  Growing up in Hawaii, I had never experienced the season of fall before. The leaves don’t change color and fall off of the trees, and I had never travelled anywhere at that time of the year – until this year. Going nineteen years without having this experience though, made me have some expectations about fall that didn’t really turn out to be right…

…the colors…

I feel like in all of the pictures of fall that I’d seen, the leaves on the trees were all these brilliant shades of orange and red.  It made it seem like the trees were bursting with fiery color. No. That’s not what happens for the most part. There’s a lot of yellow and brown happening – which isn’t bad – it’s just not what I expected.

…how long the leaves stay on the trees…

For some reason, I expected these colorful leaves to stay on the trees for like a solid three months – the entire season of fall.  In reality, they manage to hang on for dear life for maybe a solid month before the heavy raindrops bring them crashing to the ground. My window of opportunity to see these leaves was a lot more limited than I had thought.

…the COLD…

Ok, so back home, if it gets into the fifties, its COLD. Like REAL COLD. And for some reason, it didn’t click that in the fall, in order for the leaves to change, it has to get much colder. Like into the thirties and forties. So while I was walking around enjoying the beautiful yellow leaves on the trees, I was shivering in my puffy jacket, scarf, and boots.

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