Yet again I was up in St Andrews this weekend having a rendez-vous with my newly graduated friends.
Saturday 25th June
Today the last of our best friends graduated so of course the rest of us had to go up and help them celebrate. When we arrived first on the agenda was food and watching the Euros football. We were cheering on Northern Ireland as some of us are either from there or have roots there but unfortunately it was 1-0 to Wales due an own goal, awkward.
The gals left to start preparing for the ball as we take a LOT more time to get ready than the boys. So off we went to start doing our hair and make up whilst the boys stayed at the pub.
Once we were all ready we arrived 2.5 hours after the ball actually started but it was because we were having so much fun at the flat. We arrived and headed to the bar for some drinks and a dance. The music was good, there was some great old classics being played which, in my opinion, are the best songs on a night out.
The venue was really cool – a massive marque complete with ice sculptures! There was outside seating as well with food vans selling burgers. Thankfully the weather was fairly nice and warm so the outside area was in full use.
Our friend Chris had to organise the entire event which must have been already stressful but then the evening before the ball Sean Kingston the headline act cancelled. Poor Chris was up to high heavens stressing and phoning agents to try to secure a different act. Unfortunately he couldn’t get anybody at such short notice. But everyone was offered a free drink instead.
Sunday 26th June
This was such a great day. Coffee and food run happened quickly after we woke up. Then we all walked to the beach along the costal path. The weather was absolutely beautiful and so hot! We walked past the castle and the cathedral and had an ice cream stop at a little cafe beside the beach.
One the traditions in St Andrews University is to pier jump. We walked along the pier and looked up high tide times but the tide wasn’t going to be high enough until around 7ish so we had quite a while to wait.
Next stop was the beach. It turned quite cloudy and cold very quickly. The boys ran into the sea and then soon after decided to go for a swim – even though by this time it was freezing!
When we got back, Sophia had to leave to go home to Glasgow. We really wanted a group photo because we have never had a photo that we are all in so we finally got one taken, only 5 years late. But of course, true to the nature of Scotland the rain was bouncing off the pavements.
Another coffee stop before the boys decided it was time to pier jump so we headed down to the pier. By this time it had turned out to be a fairly nice evening so it was pretty sweet and the boys seemed to have a ball. There was nobody else there except a friendly local fisherman offering us fish for our tea.
I leant one very important lesson this weekend: the weather in Scotland is so changeable that a raincoat and suntan lotion are handbag essentials.
Note: I am still extremely burnt from my 2 hour exposure to the sun.