Why February in the Netherlands sucks

Ok, let’s be honest here. You are probably sitting at your desk right now daydreaming about the beach. You can feel the sand between your toes while warm sunrays gently stroke your skin.

Your hair is wet and salty and the only thing you are worried about is what you will pick for dinner later. Slowly you’ll take a sip of your freshly cut coconut and then turn your attention back to your book. Life’s good! Or NOT.

Nope, you are not at a white sandy beach. You’re in a grey office cubicle listening to your colleagues on the phone while you try to erase your browser history before somebody notices. This sucks. February sucks. It’s this inconvenient little month that’s crammed in between the fresh winter air and afterglow of the December/January holiday period and that moment when the first shy flowers begin to poke their head out to greet the friendly spring sun in March. It’s just an unnecessary couple of weeks that make your wait for the summer longer than it should be.

It’s still freezing

February is a teaser (in the Northern Hemisphere). There may be one sunny day or even two if you’re lucky, and you might think, ”Hey, I’ll swap my heavy winter boots with my cute little sneakers”, but then this: It suddenly starts snowing. “WHAT??! Come on February, cut this shit out already would you, you sneaky son of a year!”

By now we’re so sick of the cold and the dark that even though it’s still bone-chillingly cold, you can see some brave souls running around in their new spring attire. The icy blue colour, by the way, is not a new sock-trend everyone is following, it is frozen skin!

Really? Valentine’s Day?

Some of you might say now: “What about Valentines Day? This lovely day takes place in February, doesn’t it?” Yes, it’s true that Valentine’s Day and the Oscars (Schmoskars and all these other award shows during this month to entertain us a little bit) take place in February, however, this doesn’t lift our spirits. Single or not, it’s a hassle.

If you’re single and people ask you “What are you doing on Valentine’s”, you most likely feel like curling up under a dark and really soft blanket and never ever coming out from underneath again… until let’s say March. If you’re in a relationship and people ask you the same question, you’re probably freaking out because you haven’t rented a horse and carriage followed by a table reservation at the most exclusive restaurant in town. So yes, February sucks.

Less value for money

When you think about it, it’s not even a real month compared to its siblings but we still have to pay the same amount of rent. Has no one ever questioned that? February definitely doesn’t play it fair when it comes to value for money and what about its pronunciation? Whenever I say “Febrrary”, “Febuary”, ugh “FEBRUARY”…I rest my case. Ah, and would you call your child February? I doubt it. Yet we have months like January, April or June who have inspired parents all over the world to name their beloved offspring after them. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

However, there is one good thing about this downer of a month. Today is the 22nd and we don’t have to wait another 8 or 9 days before we can finally kiss our February blues goodbye. Maybe short and painful isn’t such a bad thing after all, am I right?

Are you a February fan? Then get out—just kidding, tell us your opinion of this freezing month in the comments below!

Alexandra Huetter
Alexandra Huetter
Alexandra Huetter is a native Austrian with a passion for traveling. Having worked in tourism, marketing and sales she finally decided to exchange her 9-to-5 job for the unpredictable yet rewarding world of freelancing. She has been working as a freelance copywriter in Amsterdam since 2011.



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