A Love Letter to St Andrews2 min read

Dear St Andrews,

You are such an idyllic coastal town on the Scottish East Fife coast, and I am so grateful that I get the opportunity to live and study here. Most commonly known as the university town where Kate met Wills, your most attractive elements often go overlooked – but not by me.

The main reason that I love you St Andrews, is because I don’t go a day without seeing something that simply leaves me in awe. A popular study break can involve taking a stroll down one of your beaches – ‘East Sands’, ‘Castle Sands’ or ‘West Sands’. Or when I don’t fancy a stroll, I can treat myself run on West Sands – the beach that the running scene from Chariots of Fire was filmed on. If I really need some quiet, I can take a walk along the Fife Coastal Path or into the Lade Braes path in Autumn.

Most commonly known as the university town where Kate met Wills, your most attractive elements often go overlooked. But not by me.

Sunrises and Sunsets

However, the most breath-taking moments happen at the hand of the sun. Your sunrises and sunsets emerge and fall beautifully on the beach and leave me standing silently in amazement.

There is so much more to see and do on top of this. The cathedral ruins, the castle ruins and even the statue of the famous St Andrews ginger cat Hamish McHamish – RIP. Every year I jump off the pier into your North Sea and I am reminded what it is like to feel alive, and cold…

Every year I jump off the pier into your North Sea and I am reminded what it is like to feel alive, and cold…

A Bucket List for Coffee Dates

You may be small, but you make up for it in your fine range of food establishments. Whether it be an ice-cream from Janetta’s in summer or a warm hot chocolate from Taste in the winter, you never fail to disappoint. I can easily guide myself through the array of independent establishments that have so much character. St Andrews, you spoil us with so much wonderful food and drink that it’s surprising I haven’t become obese. When I need some quiet time, the bookstore Toppings and co offers free tea and coffee with a cosy atmosphere. That’s where I snuggle up and read a book.

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When I am in need of some comforting food, there is just no beating Northpoint café on South street. Here I can enjoy their marvellous pancakes and hot chocolates to make up for the Scottish wind. There are so many wonderful places to visit for coffee dates that I have had to make a bucket list and vow to try them all before I must leave.

You are a quaint little town and what you lack in size, you make up for in character. I will always be thankful for my time here and continue to explore all you have to offer.

Love,

Jess x

The Love Letter Project

Love Letter Project

The Globonaut Love Letter Project is a team effort by international travel enthusiasts. We examine the fascinating relationship between cities and people and explore how people make a city come alive. On the other hand, we also want to know how a city becomes part of who you are. Most of all, the Love Letter Project is a celebration of strong local bonds in an age of rapid globalisation. Perhaps local and global might not necessarily turn out to be opposite terms.

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