Eat, Sarah, Eat

Exactly a week from today my plane takes off from the lovely city of Edinburgh and I will fly back across the pond to my awaiting family.  At breakfast this morning, my friend and I were reminiscing on how quickly the time in Scotland has flown by, and how grateful we have been for this wonderful experience.  Per usual, I started thinking about my travels based on my food adventures, so here is a list of the top things I ate while abroad.

Cheese and bread at IJ Mellis 

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Wine and cheese nights become a special dinner that my friends and I rallied behind.  We all would pitch in to create a beautiful spread.  Then would spend hours appreciating the food, wine, and good conversation.  We are having our last wine and cheese night today!

Tofu Teriyaki at Henderson’s Vegan Restaurant 

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Scotland might not have its fair share of health food, but I was able to find Henderson’s Restaurants in Edinburgh. Their fresh and nutritious food gave me a detox I needed a couple of times in the semester.

Danishes at Vedels Konditori 

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Honestly, I think the picture alone does this pastry justice.  If I could spend every breakfast eating this danish and latte I would.

Prince of Cambridge Scone at Gorgeous 

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There was nothing better than getting an afternoon tea and scone in between classes this semester.  Clotted cream was a game changer; a mix between butter and whipped cream to put on your scone alongside jam of course.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict at Patisserie Valerie

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Scotland’s smoked salmon demand is expected to drop very low after my departure.  I could not get enough of it! This was the best brunch meal I had.  Brioche bread topped with plenty of salmon, poached eggs, and ladled with hollandaise.

Biscoff (Cookie Butter) Tray Bake and Raspberry and Nutella Cake at Mimi’s Bakehouse 

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My sweet tooth was definitely satisfied abroad from all of the fabulous Scottish bakeries.  “Let them eat cake with a cup of tea” is my new mantra.

 

Feeling Stuffed… in a Good Way

Last week was Thanksgiving and that was the first time that I have felt homesick abroad.  The day started out like every normal Thursday, but pretty soon I was bombarded with Thanksgiving texts, snapchats, and social media posts, reminding me how far away I was from the long table in Maine that fit my family.

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Luckily, my friends and I had already planned a Friendsgiving.  One of our British friends wanted to host an American Thanksgiving, and he cooked us a wonderful meal.  We all pitched in and brought miscellaneous items, and had a wonderful night filled with many laughs.

It got me thinking about how grateful I am to have been given such a wonderful semester away from home.  I have been so HAPPY for the past few months.  I will never forget St Andrews or Scotland, and will hold every day here close to my heart.

However, I realise that every good thing has to come to an end, and my abroad end is swiftly approaching.  Throughout the semester I’ve made a mental checklist of all of the things I am “taking” back with me when I return home.  The things that have changed me, and made me happier.

Sarah’s Return Pack List 

  • Spend more time in nature.  Hikes, walking by the beach, etc. have been moments of absolute contentedness at St Andrews.  I already made a list of local hikes I want to do at home!
  • Walk more.  Similarly speaking, in St Andrews I walk everywhere and the fresh air and added exercise has definitely given me a better state of mind.  Instead of taking a bus to a place 30 min. away, I will walk!
  • Wine and cheese nights. One of my cousins told me that the best way to get to know a place is to literally break bread and share it with people.  And she was 100% right.  The wine and cheese nights I have had at St Andrews have been so wonderful to take a moment out of my day to stop and be with the people that I care about.
  • Quality over quantity. Back at home, I constantly pressured myself to do the MOST in order to be the best.  I prided myself on being busy, on having so many friends, etc.  But I am honestly happiest when I am not that busy, only see the people I really care about, and have time to smell the roses.
  • Keep travelling! If anything, study abroad has only made the travel bug grow.  I really would love to return to the States and travel within them.  See what my own backyard has to offer.
  • Eventually come back 🙂 I am leaving a piece of my heart in Scotland. But I will come back to retrieve it.