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How to Color the Gray Days

Please pick the an answer: The weather in the last few weeks has been:
  1. bad
  2. very bad
  3. crappy
  4. gray
  5. not at all spring like
  6. cold
  7. sad
  8. awesome sunny and warm
If you picked "8" then you're probably not living in Switzerland - especially not anywhere near Zurich!

When the days are endlessly gray

Honestly, I shouldn't be the one to complain about the cold and gray weather here in Zurich. I luckily spent most of the winter months in summery New Zealand. Nevertheless, it does bother me to wake up to a gray day every morning and wait for the never coming sunshine every day.

The high fog simply covers the whole sky and won't allow for a single fleck of blue sky. People around me throw me sentences like "If only the sun would shine then the cold would be bearable" or "I might get winter depression in April - odd!". I totally agree and am hoping for spring weather soon. Not everyone can take a day off to spend some time above the sea of fog!

How to add some color to a gray day

Meanwhile, I am trying to bring some color into this gray spring in Switzerland. I think that the lack of color and light can really have an impact on your mood. So, more colors and more light might cheer you up! Here are some strategies (not to be taken scientifically or too seriously obviously) that could work for you as well:
  • put up colorful curtains in your apartment - mine are red and blue
  • dress in at least one item that is colored strongly - I love strong reds or greens
  • buy colorful flowers like tulips - I have a few orchids, they stay pretty longer 
  • change your screen picture to a spring themed picture 
  • count the colored cars (silver, white and black don't count!)
  • paint a wall in your apartment red or orange or blue (or any color you like) - be sure to ask the landlord first!
  • women: paint your nails in bright colors 
  • why not eat a mix of fun colored food: carrots, peppers, cucumbers, etc. - I personally like the colorful mix of sushi ingredients and the green of wassabi 

Do you have any other suggestions for bringing some color into this gray Swiss spring? Please share!

Spring flowers - Petra Dirscherl  /



  1. It's also freezing and grey in Geneva. Maybe we only have a week or two more to wait before it starts getting warm...

    1. I sure hope so! Meteorologists have started talking about 20C this weekend... but until it's actually here I won't trust them... :)


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