Seaside Memories




Ah the bliss of being barefoot after a long winter! 
Today I have been exploring St Andrews on the east coast of Fife, Scotland, and one of the highlights of the day was being at the beach, taking off my shoes and walking barefoot in the sand. The smells and sounds of the seaside bring back so many memories. It takes me back to my childhood, growing up by the beach in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. 
Ah, the sea makes me long for New Zealand! I can’t believe it’s been over 8 years since I left. Time flies so fast, and on days like this, it suddenly becomes so clear to me how much I miss Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud. Born in Sweden and raised in New Zealand, I stand with my roots on both sides of the earth… 
And now life finds me in Scotland where I also have some of my roots from my mother’s side of the family. Ever since I can remember, I have had this unexplainable longing to go to Scotland. Even as a little girl growing up in New Zealand, I would watch documentaries about the Scottish Highlands and listen to Celtic music. This is my second visit here, and from the moment I first stepped foot on this land, I have felt so at home, even if I hardly know anything about my Scottish ancestry more than a name – Hannah. Where in Scotland she came from, I don’t know. But for now, I am simply happy to be here, and to have the opportunity to connect with this beautiful land. 
I love travelling alone. The freedom of being able to follow my own two feet wherever they wish to lead me. Doing things in my own pace. Whenever I visit a new place, I often go on a walkabout first to see where my feet wish to go. Wandering without a plan and simply going with my curiosity. “I wonder what’s down that street?” I love finding odd places and hidden sanctuaries. I especially love looking for cosy (and writer-friendly!) cafes and will go on quite the expedition, walking for hours in search of something unique, cosy and with that homemade, creative touch… 
Ah the joy of travelling and being free as the wind… 



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