It was a shock to be in Washington DC in April, and to see everything in perfect bloom. There was so much color, and it smelled as if the air had been perfumed on purpose.
I had forgotten how beautiful it is there. In Mongolia, April nights are well below freezing, and even now there isn't a trace of spring growth.
But by the end of May, the hills outside of the city will begin to turn green, and we will have a fabulous summer.