I think spring has arrived though the temperature seems to tell me otherwise. I woke up at minus 6 degree C this morning, the coldest weather ever since Cambridge enters into the beginning season of the year, with a layer of icy frost covering rows of car parking outside my window. There’s a Chinese saying of 乍暖还还, a brief moment of warmth amidst the underlying chilliness, this is what I’m experiencing right now. But despite the coldness,  it’s still spring! And spring does bring back cheerful colours to the once bleak and depressing Cambridge in winter. I keep seeing locals buying fresh stalks of tulip these few days, potted golden narcissus sways elegantly on some window sills, and tiny bell-shape flowers in yellow, white or violet dotted almost every corner I pass-by, covering the ground like brightly dyed carpet. It’s a welcoming sign of a beautiful season one can expect, I simply can’t wait to see the spring in Cambridge in full bloom.

前几天剑桥迎来连续数日的好天气,明媚的春光驱走寒意,漫步在和煦的光阳下,感觉春风吻上脸庞的欢愉。严冬应该是来到尾声了,亲身领会了冬日的阴郁晦涩,就很难再对冬季存有任何浪漫的遐想。虽已是初春,然天气依然如李清照笔下的乍暖还寒,此刻晴朗凉爽,不一会儿又是潮湿阴寒。所幸春意依然在不经意的转角处悄悄绽放。那天经过两株开满细碎粉色小花的樱桃树,那不正是十多年前我在大理古城初次惊艳的吗?而各处民居前的小草坪,也随意开满或白或黄或紫蓝的不知名花朵,如铃铛如吊钟,轻盈地仿佛还隐约发出清脆的银铃声响。花先报春,树尚未吐新叶抽嫩枝,寒意偶尔依旧袭人,然春应该是真的来了。

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