“Finally, summer has arrived,” my classmate, Jana, declared as we waited for our class meeting to begin, bathing under the sun in the artsy platform just outside our faculty building. I couldn’t agree more, especially so with our horrible weather since last week until early yesterday. It has been wet, downcast, and depressing.
I could hear the cash registers of cafes and gelatterias as tourists and locals stop on their tracks, think twice of the calories, shrug it off and buy a scoop or two of ice cream or gelatto. What better way to spend the long and warm afternoon other than reading on policy analysis and agenda-setting? One classmate invited me to take a dip in one of the public pools in the city. I suggested to buy a six-pack, kick-back and relax along the Dreisam river. A colleague and I ended up sitting in a cafe and slurping on our cup of ice cream and caught up on our readings. Or at least tried to do so.