A Distraction In St. Andrews

So, has everyone recovered from The holidays yet?! I didn’t think so.

Well, I thought I’d share some pictures from my quick trip up to St. Andrews back in November. I went to spend some time with new friends who were husband-less like me. I met Andrea in Paris this summer (her husband was doing the same French language scholarship thing as Will). When Will left they came down, with Liana and her husband, to distract me. It was such a fun day with all of them (I was soooo grateful for it) and we were already planning my trip up to see them!

I went up while the boys were away at a conference so I got return the distraction favor. I absolutely loved spending time with them! I got there on Saturday night so Andrea and I went out for some dinner and then off to a pub for some drinks. The next day consisted of brunch at The Balgove, searching for sea glass, cafe time, trying out new nail colors, home cooked dinner and lots of talking! It was a wonderful day and I was sad to leave. I wish they lived here in Edinburgh. Luckily, they’re a quick train (or bus) ride away.

That trip made me so grateful for having friends that are going through the same thing. Not just husbands going away for PhD stuff or what not, but for everything. They know what it’s like looking for work in a foreign country and trying to make new friends while missing the ones you left behind and making a new home in a new community. All of it. They know what it’s like because they’re going through it too.

This holiday season was riddled with loneliness and there have been times where all I can think about it how far away I am from my family. But being a part of this community has helped distract me from those thoughts and focus on the wonderful things around me. I miss my family so very much and that won’t change. But I’ve been so blessed to have so many precious distractions from that thought: wonderful friends who love me, a beautiful country I can call home, and my amazing husband (who has a gift for making me feel pretty through Skype).

I know that if I’m not in the same city as my family I will always miss them, but I thank God for the distractions He’s given me. They’re signs of how faithful He is and how He will always provide.

A Scottish Holiday: St. Andrews

I don’t golf. Nor do I get the appeal of it. BUT, Thomas, the littlest/biggest of my brothers-in-law is a golfer. Actually, he’s a really good golfer… and pianist and drummer and video gamer and tae kwon do-er. Yeah, I married into a family of guys that are good at  e v e r y t h i n g. Anyway, so, back to Thomas. Since we’re living in the motherland of this crazy “sport” Will and I wanted to take Thomas up to St. Andrews. While the boys went on their 50 hour tour of the Old Course I walked around and helped myself to the cuteness that is St. Andrews. 

One of the cooler parts of St. Andrews was the castle. Apparently, some people seized the castle and started building an underground tunnel and the tunnel is still there! I thought it was really neat.

When the boys were finished with their tour we met up for a quick bite to eat and then headed back out so Will could check out the city a bit. Thomas and I went to some shops instead and then made our way back to the bridge to get some pictures by it – Jackie-style!

Yeah, those are my shoes… flying through the air… landing in the water. Welcome to my life.

I really enjoyed St. Andrews. I loved the college-town feel with the old scottish charm. Good times!