season when the sun shines brightly I come across random smiling faces and colorful outfits from time to time, but from September and October onwards, when the days get rapidly colder, I will mostly see people wearing their grim expressions, and bundled up in their dark colored coats.
But why does the lack of sunshine affect our moods?
Feast for the eyes
though it doesn't hurt to have them
once a while
The bottom line is that if we feel depressed, it doesn't hurt to go outside and let Mr Sunny cheer us up while we are taking a quick walk around the block AND enjoying the fresh air. And after some exercise, we can grab simple healthy snacks like apple chips, banana or granola bars only when we are really feeling hungry, or maybe a glass of green smoothy for a quick fix.
But the reason why I like autumn so much is because it is a wonderful time when I can see the nature celebrating life in its splendid color and beauty.
The dense canopy of golden leaves on the trees. The cool gentle breeze. The melancholic atmosphere. The fresh and crisp air. The relaxed feeling at vine yards inviting me to linger.
I like strolling through the quiet alley in Prater in the evening, inhaling the scents of the woods and appreciating the beauty of nature.
I can hear the fallen, still crisp, golden leaves beneath my feet crunching like a colorful trail of moving carpet while I am breathing in the fresh and clean air along the lonely trail of the woods. When the sun withdraws and hides its face among the clouds, and hikers leave to seek solace in their warmer homes, the woods become very silent and even no leaves seem to stir. A truly magical and serene atmosphere which will fill my heart with longing for a long lost moment, feelings of sudden melancholy, and fond memories of days gone by.
When the feelings of melancholy are too much to bear, it is good to go home, enjoying a cosy evening eating Lebkuchen (gingerbread) accompanied with a cup of hot tea and a good read.
Of course autumn without freshly roasted Chestnuts, baked Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes) with garlic, and game with red cabbage, Semmelknödel, Cranberry or pumpkin soup will not be the same if you live in Austria. They are not only nourishing, but also a part of
Going to festivals is also another good way to snap me out of a bad mood. In Vienna there are always a lot of things going on, even in the Autumn: from Fire Brigade-, Tramway Festival, Autumn Flea markets, the day of Sport, Wiener Wiesn (Viennese October Festival), the Buskers Festival in Karlplatz, to the pumpkin festival. However if you don't like public events / festivals and prefer to have some drinks with friends, you can go to one of many old fashioned, gemütliche (cosy) Kaffeehäuser in Vienna, enjoying a generous slice of warm apfelstrudel or delicious Biedermeiertorte with amaretto Schlagobers, with a frothy cappuccino which is usually served in a white delicate porcelain cup. If you are a connoisseur of fine wines, you should visit a Heurige (wine tavern) and sample a glass or two of good local wines. More than 180 Heurigen are officially registered in this city, and many of them are located close to Vienna woods. According to wien.info, 'Vienna has 700 hectares of wine yards and is the only metropolis in the world which grows enough wine within city limit to be worth mentioning' Nah, isn't the city I (or you?) live in impressive?
|Wiener Wiesn 27 Sept -7 Oct 2012|
Last but not least: you can share your stories with us why you like/dislike autumn and what you do to always stay positive, no matter what season it is!
Happy Autumn, everyone!