This morning the sky was blue and the sun was out, and this phenomenon was something that we could not take for granted, so we decided to take a road trip to St Andrews for some sightseeing. Gill, Natascha and I hopped into the car along with Megan, Gill’s dog, and away we went, leaving Ross at home to his own devices.
Megan appeared to enjoy the car ride and alternated between poking her head out the back window and between the two front seats to check out the view. For lunch, we stopped at a roadside food truck. Natascha, ever the health nut, was not too pleased by the choices, but Gill and I happily dug in to all that greasy goodness.
Unfortunately, there was a road accident that forced us to detour and getting to St Andrews took longer than we thought. When we arrived, the clouds had rolled in and there was a chill in the air. We parked near the St Andrews Links and didn’t allow the change in the weather to stop us from exploring the city.
As we strolled along, I really enjoyed looking at the buildings. They seemed so majestic and almost imposing with their dark, aging stones. Many towered several stories high and had a strong sense about them. Some homes lined the road on a cliff that overlooked the North Sea, and I could just picture the amazing view of storms rolling in or watching early morning fog rise off the water from the front windows.
When we got to the main street, I found a golf shop with all things St Andrews. I knew this would be the perfect place to buy my dad a souvenir as it is the home of golf after all. I picked up a St Andrews golf cap for him, which turned out to be the first real souvenir I’ve purchased throughout this entire trip.
It’s tough to collect memorabilia when you’re limited to a 20 kg pack and traveling for so long. I guess that’s where the photos and memories come into play. This blog helps a lot as well, even though it’s difficult to keep it going when all you really want to do is travel.
I also managed to pick up a pair of peep-toe wedge slingbacks for myself. If there’s one thing I’ve missed the most about being on the road for so long is the lack of variety when it comes to footwear. I miss my shoe collection at home so very much! I’ve managed to survive with hiking boots, work shoes (first a casual walking shoe, then two different ballerina flats) and slippers (or flip-flops, jandals or thongs depending on where you’re from). As you can see, that’s not very exciting and it’s what I’ve had to live with for ages now. So these wedges were a much-appreciated treat to myself.
After a great day of exploring, we took a break at a small café with views of the sea. It was much too cold to really enjoy the view, especially when it started to rain on us, but we made the best of things. It was fun just hanging out with friends, chatting and laughing together.
When we returned home, we saw an amazing sunset. The purple, pink and orange colors that filled the sky were breathtaking. It reminded us of all the sunsets we saw together in Australia and allowed us to reflect on just how far we’ve come since then. Good times with good friends is all you can really ask for in life and we were lucky enough to have them both.