Whether you like autumn or not, dispelling prejudices of its monotony and passivity reveals forgotten allures of this season. Autumn is the most unpredictable season. Regardless of the general image of yellow leaves, melancholic howl of the wind, the smell of roasted chestnuts and grey city landscapes – autumn is the season in which predictions are most uncertain. In other words, you always have to factor in surprise. At its most beautiful when it is warm and tender, unbearable if it is too cold or humid, autumn inevitably brings a change in everyday rhythm, modifications to the lifestyle, return to old habits. This is why no one is indifferent to the season. You either love autumn and look forward to it or you await its return hoping it will be as similar to the summer as possible, at least in October. Retreat indoors, closing open-air or riverside gardens (although in downtown Belgrade, cafes, bars and restaurants increasingly keep their gardens operational till December, aided by space heaters), shorter days – it all means, first of all, less contact with your surroundings, which in turn affects all aspects of life – socializing, indulging habits, going out during the day or at night, entertainment and leisure.
Those who like autumn, even though they know they are a minority, are always surprised to hear the position that life grows less exciting from October. The truth is, it doesn’t have to. Unable as we are to change the circumstances, we can always rely on our own creativity. These are some of the most basic examples of autumn activities that will certainly give you a new experience of this unpredictable, capricious season.
1.Home movie marathon: Fun you never grow out of. Film marathons, entire seasons of series on Netflix, which you didn’t have time for during the summer, or something else – this depends on personal preference. It is more fun if you have company, preparation of food gives it a special charm and high-quality program provides plenty of opportunities for discussion, laughter, debate, creative and funny associations.
2. Walks. Yes, walks. Through the city, regardless of the rain. There is a quote that says, some people enjoy the rain while others just get wet. However poetic it may sound, there is truth to it. It gives the city a different flavour, different colour, atmosphere, even sound.
3.New fashion season: A challenge relished equally by both women and men. A chance to reinvent your style and experiment. It is the favourite method of self-improvement in the visual sense.
4. A different take on weekends: Shorter days call for better organisation. Time is precious and not wasted. This is at least what the majority aspires to. Waking up earlier, breakfast at the favourite restaurant, working out indoors, remembering just how comfortable cashmere throws are, favourite book, priceless nap, serious preparations for going out as autumn calls for more serious outfits.
5. A short trip: Summer and winter are almost the same everywhere. The differences lay in centimetres of snow or degrees of temperature. Autumn and spring are captured in the nuances, small differences, fine transitions. Early autumn on a mountain side is a festival for the senses. It captivates with colour, beauty, pleasant temperatures and a special form of serenity. Village and spa tourism are very popular choices inOctober, not without reason.
6. Indian summer: Priceless. Surprising re-run of August in the second week of October. Inspiration to spend as much time outdoors as possible, but also inspiration in general. Research shows that, second only to the scenes of open seas in July, most nature photographs are taken at this time of year.
7.Return to the kitchen: In the summer, light and fresh foods are the preferred choice, while autumn marks a time of culinary prowess and abundance. From October to February, the preparation of food brings the most joy – and captures full attention. Perhaps the season of slavas, the family patron saint celebrations, deserves a special place on this list, but in addition to the spiritual background, it is the socializing and the food that give these traditional feasts their special allure.
8. The next step in your career: This is the period of time when positions inside companies change, as well as jobs, a time of new challenges and decisions. A chance to prove yourself, as autumn marks a new beginning. We learn this from early on in our childhoods. For those employed, regardless of the reaches of their ambitions, a new season starts after a summer break during which almost nothing is happening on the professional plane.
9.New ways of self-improvement: Whether for the overall working atmosphere, the need to get a lot done or dwindling options of free-time activities, many people introduce new activities into their schedules in October: foreign language courses, dances, new sports, special skills courses. These are all the things they wanted to dedicate their time to, or that they feel are important for their personal development. Ideal time to learn and work, as there are fewer outside challenges.
10.Longer night brings inspiration or excuse: During the cold period of the year, we rest more. Long nights are an excuse to treat ourselves to more relaxation. A later night, staying out longer, a slower rhythm. Autumn is a gateway to the calm and quiet of winter. Some call it hibernation.