What a wonderful day in St. Andrews, Scotland.
It was cloudy, rainy and windy....perfect Golf weather according to Tom Morris - the inventor of the game of GOLF ! But that was just a "wee bit" of what we found in St. Andrews. We found a wonderful pub with amazing Fish and Chips and service to match. Humble shop folks - helping and so kind. An amazing Church dating from 1140 - beautiful flowers amidst the shops, students in their school uniforms and finally ....of course - The Old Course.....it was a magnificent afternoon in St. Andrews.
We decided to take the train from Edinburgh. What you actually have to do is book a ticket from Edinburgh to St Andrews Bus...which we did with the direction of the Rail-line folks. They were so helpful. When we arrived in Leuchers...which is the train station...there was a bus waiting to take us to the city....there was also a young man who booked to Leuchers but not St Andrews......as he tried to board the bus he was told he needed another ticket. As is typical of so many young people today...he didn't have cash - he had a card - but they don't take cards...only cash. So we paid the 3.20 GBP for him so he didn't have to walk back to the station and get cash. He was thankful - the bus driver was amazed - maybe it was their introduction to American Generosity.....maybe - maybe not. It was the right thing to do at the right moment.......WE LOVE TO TRAVEL !!!
So entering St. Andrews we had a chance to walk through the Old Town. It was wonderful and beautiful. Maybe it was the rain that left a glisten over the city. It shimmered. St. Andrews has the third oldest University in the UK - only behind Oxford and Cambridge. It is a lovely city. A City - feeling safe and embraced in its history and the people of today so gracious.
We entered the Parish Church of Holy Trinity....as they say " We are a living congregation of today's "Church of Scotland" but our roots go back to 1140".......
We visited the OLD TOWN and the University of St Andrews Center. We decided to lunch there....at the Central Pub....it was the best decision we made that day among many GREAT decisions. The service was personal - the food - terrific and the feeling like we were in someone's home having dinner. It was special. Maybe because of the rain - there weren't many people or tourists ...or maybe because they were just that way...gracious, appreciative, attentive......whoa......wonderful.
Finally - the Old Course at St. Andrews
I bought some Souvenirs - and had my picture taken..and taken and taken. My dad loved golf. It started here. It is the game that individually can never be won but can only be played.....the best game as is the game of life. I thought about my dad and how I proud I was of him and how lucky I was to be his son and knowing he once played there even if I only had the chance to gaze over the 18th and inhale its magic.
It was a wonderful - cloudy - rainy - windy - beautiful day in St. Andrews. The town - the flowers - the course....the waves off the ocean......the people - my thoughts and gratefulness....it is more than just a golf course or THE golf course....it has shaped history...it means so many different things to so many people....and it now means more to me.
Travel safe - travel well
BK Travel Tips
To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.