Every winter you'll see the same phenomenon unfold in Amsterdam (and basically anywhere else in the country): the Dutch desperately seeking refuge on the terraces. A people desperate for a shot of UV, specially near the end of a long, cold and dark winter, a real winter. This one being the record-braker that it was, last weekend the sight of Amsterdammers scrambling for their spot in the sun must have triggered the curiosity of many visitors: "How can these people sit outside? It's freezing!!"As always, the answer is quite simple. Blue skies, the sun blazing and there was hardly any wind to speak of. All you need to temporarily escape the grip of a relentless winter. Oh, and of course they will get to their place in the sun by bicycle. You could call that instrumental for a full recovery...and dream of the end of winter. And when you let people on bicycles be your seasonal talisman, you'd be convinced spring had already arrived ;).