It has only taken a year but I have finally made my way back to St Andrews.
Don’t get me wrong, I have really, really missed my tiny Scottish town but somehow I managed to avoid it for a whole year. Rather than giving you a series of excuses, I’m just going to focus on the fact that I finally made it back and it was every bit as wonderful as I remembered.
This is partly due to the fact that I was headed north for a special reason: a friend’s wedding.
I know, I know, I can’t quite believe that I’m now old enough to be going to a friend from university’s wedding but it has happened.
The wedding itself was on the Sunday but we went up for the bank holiday weekend, which meant that we were free to explore and catch up with our friends on the Saturday and Monday. Luckily, we got the early train on the Saturday and the last train on the Monday so we had plenty of time.
Arriving in St Andrews was a strange experience. Most of the major things were still the same as when I had left but just enough was different that it felt a bit weird. I even went to order one of my former go-to dishes to discover that it had been taken off the menu at that restaurant. I was gutted.
I was swiftly pacified by how beautiful St Andrews is and the fact that Toppings and Co is still open. I spent a lot of money in that bookshop. You’ll have to wait to see what I got while I was there in an upcoming book haul though. I did spend quite a long time in there though but then again, it is my favourite bookshop.
St Andrews is just one of those places that are fantastic to amble around and explore. It was so much fun (and really nostalgic) to walk around the streets that I called home for four years. We stayed at the b&b that I stayed in just before I left, we ate at some of our old favourite places and caught up with as many of our old friends as we can. It was truly lovely.
Oh and the wedding itself was stunning and so much fun. I didn’t take any pictures of it and I’m not going to tell you all about it because I switched off my blogger brain and let myself get swept up in it. I hope you can forgive me.