Throughout my days at St Andrews, there are certain moments when I realise my contentedness. It hits me when I am walking back from a Hillwalking (Hiking) Pub Night. Or when I am sitting in a cafe alone eating a scone and drinking tea. Or especially, when I am sharing a meal with friends.
Last Wednesday, a few friends and I had a wine and cheese night. We got cheese and bread from a local store I J Mellis, and spent hours eating bread, cheese, butter, and drinking wine. We had brie, blue, and cheddar cheeses. And a bread with cheese and leeks, a cornbread of some type, and a sourdough. The combination of everything was heavenly.
Two of the friends are German post grads that I met on a food tour of St Andrews. The other two are also undergrad study abroad students. We talked about the politics of both of our nations, the aura or tragedy surrounding the famous Kennedy’s, what parties look like in both countries, etc. etc.
Walking away from that night I realised how wonderful it is to be at an international university where I can learn about so many different spheres in the world. Not only can I offer up my own perspective, but being able to see the similarities and differences among others, then gives me a chance to reflect on my own.
These moments where I can share bread with people I never would have met back at home, are ones that I hold close to my heart, and are what shape my St Andrews experience. I wanted to study abroad to grow, step outside of my comfort zone, and LEARN. And what better way to do it then over bread and cheese? 🙂