Since arriving to Scotland, I have found myself eating a lot of fried, heavy food, and drinking a lot of delicious gin… BUT I am hoping my diet takes a more healthy route since I have finally arrived at St Andrews. Today was the first day I tested out my meal plan, since I have a catered residence. I get two meals a day. Breakfast consists of a variety of hot and cold options. I went with the traditional Scottish “parritch” or porridge, and some fruit and coffee. The oatmeal was pretty good and the ability to get eggs reassures me I will not have an issue finding something I like.
Lunch had a lot of hot meals, like mac and cheese, a type of meat, roasted veggies and potatoes, and a salad bar. I opted for the tomato basil soup and vegetables, and the soup was VERY good. Before arriving I had heard the soup and stew would be good in Scotland, and that claim is true. Probably because it gets so cold here people need something to warm them up!
Today I also wandered down to the East Sands Beach (there is also a West Sands Beach) with a few friends. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! It really reminded me of the beautiful beaches in Maine I go to back at home. And the stretch of it is very vast. It looks like the beach recedes into the distance!
Only a couple days in and I really am beginning to fall in love with Scotland itself. I’ll have moments throughout the day where the beauty of the landscape really hits me, and it causes me to pause and soak it all in. We will see if that happens when the rain and cold start to kick in 🙂