I am ashamed to say that during the eight years that I lived in Aberdeen I think I can probably count the number of times I went to the beach on one hand. Now that I live nowhere near the sea I miss Aberdeen beach so much and I wish I hadn’t taken it for granted. I know I am not the first person to take for granted where I live and it has only served as a reminder that I should be exploring as much of Yorkshire as possible because if I leave I know I will regret not appreciating the beauty of it.
Anyway, those of you following me on Instagram might know that on Friday I surprised my best friend Cecilia by visiting her up in Aberdeen. We have been friends since we met at University more years ago than I care to count. Now that I no longer live in Aberdeen we only get to see each other a couple of times a year, so as a slightly late birthday surprise her husband Pete and I managed to arrange for me to visit without her knowing. I had known about this for over two months and keeping the secret was the hardest thing ever! It was totally worth it to see her face though!
The entire weekend was spent catching up, eating all of the food, visiting a cat cafe (more about that later in the week) and drinking too much coffee. Saturday was very rainy but on Sunday the sun came out in full swing so we went for a walk along Aberdeen Beach. Pete and Cecilia don’t live very far from the beach at all and I am so jealous they have these views on their doorstep!
Before this weekend I hadn’t been back to Aberdeen in nearly three years so it was really strange to see how much the city has changed since my last visit. It is even stranger to think how much has changed since I lived there over seven years ago. I lived in Aberdeen for nearly eight years and to be honest it feels like a lifetime ago. So much has changed in my life and in many ways I feel like a totally different person to what I did back then. Having said this I have nothing but great memories and even though I doubt I will ever move back there I do hope to visit it more often.
As you can see I got a bit snap happy and took too many photos. One of these days I will learn how to narrow down the amount of images I share on here but Aberdeen beach is just so photogenic! In fact, I had forgotten just how beautiful it is, especially on a sunny day. I really don’t know why I didn’t spend more time there when I had the chance. Our walk did remind me of a time years ago when I was really stressed so threw a sickie from work and headed to the beach for a few hours to take lots of photos. That was a good day. Spending time near the sea always relaxes me and helps me put things into perspective. It is the best form of therapy, don’t you think?
Have you been to Aberdeen beach before? Do you love the sea as much as I do? Let me know below.