Out of the depths of my happy heart / wells a great tide of love and prayer / for this priceless treasure / that is confined to my lifelong keeping. / You cannot see its intangible waves as / they flow towards you, darling, but in / these lines you will hear, as it were, / the distant beating of the surf. – Mark Twain to his wife
Surprisingly Valentine’s Day in St Andrews is not enormously publicised or over-hyped. Despite the romantic facade of the town and the fairytale romance between Kate and Will that imbues it, this day of love keeps a low and muted profile within the university. Although this year small student run societies organised Valentine’s Day activities for both couples and friends, there was no main event to celebrate the occasion. The Student’s Union hosted the standard Friday night Bop, with a theme completely unrelated to Valentine’s Day.
However, this time the Bop was even more of a disappointment than usual, due to the low turnout. I hazard a guess that most people had something slightly more romantic planned for their evening. We are extremely lucky to be surrounded by such an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, that we will never be short of places to take our dates or our friends. From Rogue’s intense and enigmatic atmosphere and the Rav’s relaxing Jazz nights, to the cosy, candlelit Little Italy, St Andrews has Valentine’s Day locations for everyone. Most restaurants created Valentine’s Day deals.
For example, Brew Co offered “third-wheelers” a free meal if they joined a couple for dinner! Alternatively if you did not fancy an intimate dinner out and prefer more causal activities, Emma, the new Jane Austen film was released for those who enjoy Victorian satire. St Andrew’s cinema is the perfect place to snuggle up and eat popcorn together. Another option for loved ones was offered by Yoga Society. They hosted yoga for “bros” as well as for couples. This fun activity was a successful idea. It provided students with the perfect chance to relax, bond and to learn a new skill together.
Additionally, if unwinding together is something you enjoy, the Fairmont created massage deals–I’d keep an eye out for these for next year! However, if Valentine’s Day is not for you, there were unrelated events on last Friday evening. For example, FS hosted a panel featuring guests who will be discussing sustainability and fashion.
What does Valentine’s Day Mean to You?
Valentine’s Day, to me, has always been about appreciating the love that we receive from the people around us. That can range from your group of friends to your parents. I don’t think Valentine’s Day is just for someone and their partner. In St Andrews, one might often feel the pressure of being in a relationship, and Valentine’s Day might feel the pinnacle of that but, St Andrews surprised me. The number of groups that had little Galentines Day events, it didn’t feel any different from a regular night out, just a night with a lot fewer couples.”
— Katy, First Year.
My love for you is like the raging sea, / So powerful and deep it will forever be. / Through storm, wind, and heavy rain, / It will withstand every pain. / Our hearts are so pure and love so sweet. / I love you more with every heartbeat! – Elaine Chetty
“Valentine’s Day is a time to be with your loved ones and to surprise them with gifts, such as chocolate and flowers to show them that you appreciate them. It is not just a day of romance, but a day to celebrate all relationships. Love comes in many forms and this day gives us a chance to cherish it! This year, I chose to spend the day with my close group of friends. We booked a table at The Saint for dinner and enjoyed the cocktails. The atmosphere was lovely. Although there were a lot of couples there, many of the tables were filled with friendship groups. It was a cute way to spend the evening; being surrounded by the people you love most is the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!”
— Serena, Third Year.
Ever thine. / Ever mine. / Ever ours. – Beethoven.
“Valentine’s Day is a chance to spoil those who you love. To show them how much you appreciate them. Both big and small gestures can do this. It doesn’t always have to be expensive flowers and champagne, a handmade card will speak a thousand more words. It is about putting time and effort into someone who deserves it. St Andrews is an especially lovely place to experience Valentine’s Day. On Friday evening, couples were everywhere, holding hands down Market Street and stealing away into restaurants together. But even if you didn’t do something fancy to celebrate, a cosy evening at home, sheltered away from the cold dreary weather, would’ve been just as special.”
— Josh, Second Year.
L is for “laughter” we had along the way. / O is for “optimism” you gave me every day. / V is for “value” of being my best friend. / E is for “eternity,” a love that has no end. – John P. Read
“Valentine’s Day is far too commercialised, and therefore, the real meaning of the day has been lost. Celebrating the love you share with someone should be a private affair, so thank goodness the Union didn’t host a ‘love Bop’ or something! Plus, did you see the amount of red roses left over in Tesco’s? I don’t think there are enough boys in this town to spoil all the beautiful girls.”
— Tia, Fourth Year.
O my Luve is like a red, red rose / That’s newly sprung in June; / O my Luve is like the melody / That’s sweetly played in tune. – Robert Burns