Top 10 summer activities to do alone – Le Cavalier Quotidien
1. Learn to use a grill
Grilling is part of the idyllic American summer experience, so grab your propane, charcoal, or natural gas – if you’re feeling adventurous – and throw in whatever feels right for you. Lately I’ve seen people get more creative with their grilling techniques and push the boundaries of what you normally think can be grilled. From roasted kale pizza to French toast – I can’t lie when I say it’s surprisingly good – the possibilities are endless. Remember to turn off the grill when you’re done!
2. Go for a walk
My God, I look like my mom right now, but she makes a valid point. My three-week Netflix frenzy needs to be balanced with time outdoors, and there’s no better way to do that than with a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. The walk is simply underestimated – the number of dogs I’ve petted has grown exponentially since March 2020, and I don’t plan on slowing that trend. And while petting dogs isn’t your thing, outdoor walks are scientifically proven to help brain function and reduce stress, so you may be able to reap some benefits anyway.
3. Do a summer cleaning
Summer cleanses come in many shapes and sizes, and they’re a great way to get away from the hot summer sun. Organize your files on your computer, rearrange your bedroom and detoxify your space. Now is the perfect time to build that Ikea piece of furniture that has been sitting in its box in the corner of your apartment for seven months, and you can finally rid the forgotten moldy fruit from the back of your fridge. A summer cleaning is a great way to feel rejuvenated – I can attest from personal experience that the satisfaction of having all the Cookout receipts removed from my car was simply heavenly.
4. Make a smoothie
Sometimes the best way to cool off on a hot summer day – and effectively use all the ingredients that are about to expire – is to simply mix a bunch of produce, ice, and your choice of liquid in a blender. . I am personally jealous of people whose smoothies always seem to reach the perfect consistency. Mine always end up tasting more fruit with an occasional sneaky piece of ice cream waiting to surprise me through my reusable straw. Either way, there are so many great recipes out there, leaving you with few excuses not to use up the extra fruit you and your roommates impulsively bought last week.
5. Read a book
Reading books seems pretty old fashioned these days, but it’s a great way to take a break from the technology that seems to be consuming more and more of our daily lives – I’m talking about TikTok. Escape to an adventure novel, feel the love with healthy romance, or discover how words alone can give you chills with classic horror. With so many options to choose from, it will be hard to decide what to read. Maybe the easiest thing to do is go back to those books you had to read in high school. And yes, I tell myself that too because maybe they were really good books.
6. Look at the stars – or fireflies
There is something magical about staring at the stars on a hot summer night. I can’t really explain the feeling, but it brings back memories of summer camp with my childhood friends. Sometimes the best way to gaze at the stars is to stretch out on a warm alley, which serves as a concrete cradle for the imagination. Summer campfires under the stars, with the chirping of cicadas, the soft twinkle of lightning and good music in the background – speak of a summer night to remember. Add “Fireflies” by Owl City, and here is your recipe for nostalgia!
7. Support your local businesses
As more and more people get vaccinated against COVID-19, we are starting to see the return of farmers’ markets and the reopening of convenience stores and boutiques. Show them some support! Supporting your local businesses not only helps foster a sense of community, but also encourages the growth of distinct local flavors that make each of our hometowns special. So buy local! It can reduce your environmental impact and make your hometown a more sustainable place.
8. Find a summer job or immerse yourself in your internship
Finding a job has always had its appeal to students when we repopulate our hometowns for the summer months, especially since it’s a great way to get out of the house and earn some much-needed cash. If you choose to do so, try working at a local business! Summer jobs are a great way to make new friendships and relationships, as the pandemic may have cut a lot of them. And if you’re lucky enough to have secured an ever-elusive internship, gain that experience, speak to senior management, and create change. You never know what life lesson the working world can teach you until you return to Grounds in the fall.
9. Watch a summer movie
Summer movies always leave me in a good mood, especially those movies that bring back childhood memories. Disney classics – like “Camp Rock” and “Teen Beach Movie” – and summer comedies – especially “Mamma Mia!” – are the perfect solo watch, and they remind us of simpler times. So grab the popcorn and turn on the TV because the movies are waiting for you. Personally, I would recommend watching these movies on those rainy summer afternoons as they are the best times to take a break and relax with a movie.
10. Enjoy a sunset
Cotton candy skies and sunny landscapes can be found almost anywhere, and the summer months make sunset watching an ideal activity. A summer sunset has a special place in human culture, and it is an experience that should be dearly cherished. Beaches, mountains and cityscapes are all perfect places to watch the soft glow of the summer sun fade and the crickets start their summer songs. Notably, however, our own Charlottesville has scenic spots to watch the sunset. So make yourself comfortable wherever you can and prepare to be amazed by the beauty of our skies.