According to the Böögg the Swiss summer is going to be a cold and wet one.
The Böögg is to Zurich what Phil is to Punxutawney. Kind of at least. Zurich is not hunting shadows and the early start of spring but – literally – likes it a bit hotter, hoping for a good summer. With the burning of the Böögg, an artificial snowman with a head filled with explosives, the winter is banished. The less time it takes until its head explodes, the nicer the summer will be. This year the snowman withstood for an unbelievable 35 minutes until it finally exploded (the 3rd longest since record keeping). A fast burning will take around 5 minutes on the other hand. Go figure what this means for the Swiss summer (at least according to the legend).
With this forecast in mind I had to prepare my body and soul with some vitamins and color for the rather grey and wet outlook. Let’s hope that the Böögg is not right again this year, like so many times in the past … I would love to drink this icy smoothie on my balcony with a lot of summer sun. Until then, an extra sweater for the warmth will have to do.