February 14th, 2008 – by: mfmcp1982
St Andrews town from East Sands
After a bad night's sleep (I find it hard to settle sometimes) we woke up, swapped our Valentine's Day gifts (well, I gave Mark his...he said he'd get me something in St Andrews!) and headed off for St Andrews around 9.30am.
I love St Andrews. I'll always have a real affinity with the town - or the Burgh, to give it its proper name - because this is where I spent 4 years studying Social Anthropology for my undergraduate degree. I lived in student accommodation called University Hall for 2 years and in a flat in the town's Hope Street for 2 years. Because I met Mark after I finished studying at St Andrews I really wanted to show him around properly.
It's a shame I couldn't have shown him the halls because Uni Hall was so quirky! My room in first year had a turret, and the furniture was all old wood...very traditional.
Stained Glass at St Salvators
So we got into town, found a shop selling parking vouchers (silly scratch of vouchers showing how long you're allowed to park for) and got a coffee. We moseyed around for a while until lunch time. We thought it'd be easy to find somewhere for lunch...WRONG! Because St Andrews has so many students - many of whom couple up because 'there's not much else to do in the town (if you catch my drift)' - almost every restaurant was packed out, both for lunch and dinner bookings. We finally got a table in a bar I used to frequent a lot in my student days, called the Oak Rooms. The bar below, The Lizard, is a very popular haunt too! We had a lovely lunch including hot chocolate and fish and chips and a big chunky burger and went for a walk along one of the town's 3 main streets.
I say main streets because the town centre is pretty small, and most of the shops, etc, are either on North Street, Market Street or South Street. The Oak Rooms is on North Street, which is also where St Salvator's Chapel is - the University Chapel. The Quad at the chapel is also where the anthropology department is so we walked around the chapel and onto the Lower Lawn. It really did bring back so many memories and I wished Mark and I had been together while I'd been at uni - even just for a short time - because I'd loved to have shown him more of the university. But if we had been a couple then, we'd had to have spent a lot of time apart, so I'm sure things worked out best in the long run!
Very dodgy self take...
We made our way from North Street to Market Street and had a look in some of the shops, before I came up White Stuff.
This is a clothes store which has shops in a lot of the old university towns and sells surfy/ sailing/ rugby type clothes - not sports wear, but inspired by! We had a look around and I saw a beautiful grey merino wrap jumper and Mark said he'd buy me it for Valentine's. He also got me a cute camisole to go under it and a necklace, so I was a happy bunny!
Mark at the Old Course Hotel for Afternoon Tea
Despite the cold, we headed along South Street to Janetta's, a SUPERB ice cream shop. They have every flavour imaginable, including some unusual ones like Irn Bru (a very sweet Scottish soft drink) and tablet (a crumbly Scottish type of fudge). We picked up a cone, and drove down to the West Sands, where it was SO cold! We went for a short walk but soon decided we couldn't be bothered and went to the Old Course Hotel for afternoon tea. We'd really only popped in to the 19th Hole for a coffee, but their kitchen was out of order so we ended up in the drawing room of the main hotel with hot chocolate and freshly made scones. It was divine.