Memory Lane: St. Andrews, Scotland

Memory Lane: St. Andrews, Scotland

I have a playlist on Spotify called Scotland. Every once in awhile, I listen to it and think back to my time spent in Scotland. I’ve talked about Scotland extensively on my blog. It has been awhile, so I turned on my playlist and took a little walk down memory lane.

I loved everywhere I visited in Scotland, but St. Andrews holds the top spot. In reality it’s a small Scottish coastal town. In my heart, it is my favorite place on earth.

I have very distinct memories of St. Andrews:

It was the first trip Elana, Dauri and I took together when we studied in Scotland. 

It had the best fish and chips in the UK. 

Every alley and pathway was lined with flowers. 

The air smelled of salt and surf. 

Everyone smiled as you passed. 

Here are some pictures from my first trip to St. Andrews in 2008.

A very important thing happened to me that day, I fell in love for the first time. Twice. I’ll explain later…

When my study abroad term ended I headed home. I knew in my heart I had to get back to this place. I needed more. In 2009 two of my very dear friends and I headed back to Europe to backpack. I needed to show them this place. I wanted them to feel the feelings I had. It was in the books.

I made my return to St. Andrews in 2009. (with a better camera)

St. Andrews is a place on earth I had never been, but in only moments felt like I was home. I fell head over heels for this town. Nothing extraordinary happened those days I spent walking around. But I fell in love just the same. As time has passed I realized something else, the days spent in St. Andrews, I fell in love with myself.

I was proud of the person I had become. Both the first time, because I was taking my first life leap of faith by studying abroad, and taking a trip with strangers who turned out to be lifelong friends. The second time, I had brought my childhood friends to the place I loved. I was proud of what got me to St. Andrews. I was grateful for those who helped me make those days happen. And I was in love with my life and the person I was becoming.

St. Andrews was a turning point for me. It will be a place close to my heart for eternity. I’ll get back there again someday…

Every alley and pathway will be lined with flowers. 

The air will smell of salt and surf. 

I’ll smile at everyone I see. 

Rachel xo



  1. February 17, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Gorgeous. So beautiful. I have about a thousand places I want to see in the world and this is certainly on the list near the top. I've heard only amazing stories!

  2. February 17, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    so lovely! i need to visit…. everywhere, basically. but this would be an awesome start!

  3. February 17, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    What wonderful pictures! I've been to the UK, but never to St. Andrew's. Oh well…maybe on my next trip!

  4. February 17, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    Great photos – I can really get a feel of the peace and the sea in them. And, how awesome that you have a playlist/ soundtrack to listen to as well that reminds you of your time there!

  5. February 17, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Isn't that incredible how songs can transport us to another time and place? Glad you took a little trip back to a place you love!

  6. February 17, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Wonderful post and great photos!

  7. February 17, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your memories with us. Would love to visit Scotland one day!

  8. February 18, 2015 / 4:37 am

    Love love love everything about this post. The pictures, the storytelling, it's so good. (Also, I totally want to hear this playlist!)

  9. February 18, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    This post is so great. I totally am digging your blond highlights in these old photos too 🙂

  10. February 19, 2015 / 2:38 am

    Wow, that does sound like a wonderful place!! Love the playlist idea, too!

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