- Get outside!
Take some time out of your schedule and enjoy those soft, misty autumn mornings and sunny afternoons. You don’t even have to go far: the trees in Kelvingrove Park are spectacular in their autumn colours, and a stroll along the River Kelvin Walkway offers an otherworldly adventure in the heart of the city. Further afield, you could visit Pollok Country Park in the South Side to pick blackberries, or take the train to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to experience some of the best scenery in Scotland.
- Get some cosy new clothes
Who doesn’t love that moment when it’s finally cold enough to put on a big cosy jumper? The shops in town are now stocking their autumn/winter fashions, but for something more affordable and unique head to the charity shops all over the West End to stock up on everything woolly and warm.
- Cook for the cold weather
Now that the days are getting crisper and shorter, there’s nothing like a hearty veg stew or a homemade apple crumble to warm your soul. Look out for seasonal produce like butternut squash, cauliflower, and pumpkin, and buy local whenever you can.
- Make an autumn playlist
Maybe it’s the sense of the world turning, maybe it’s the fleeting but dazzling colours – one thing’s for sure, autumn is a dramatic and mysterious season that needs its own soundtrack. Wistful folk music from the likes of First Aid Kit and Bon Iver are a classic choice for crunching through the fallen leaves and pondering the mysteries of life.
- Reconnect with friends
Seeing your uni friends again after the monotony of the summer holidays is a great feeling. And if you’re a fresher, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. Reaffirm old friendships or establish new ones over a warming mug of hot chocolate, or pints by the fire in one of Glasgow’s many charming pubs.
[Cat Acheson – @cat_acheson]
[Image credits: Keiledh Bradley – keilidh.com]