Surprising. That’s the word to describe my weekend in Scotland. Surprisingly beautiful. Surprisingly peaceful. Surprisingly delicious.
During a road trip from Edinburgh to Fife with two friends, I didn’t read the guidebook, I didn’t review the map, I wasn’t responsible for a single decision. I simply went along for the ride. My travels have taught me that adventure, like love and happiness, is fragile. When clutched too tightly, the spirit of adventure is destroyed. When set free, it takes flight. As much as I can be an A-type, list-maker, contingency-maker, control-freak at times I find that travel transforms me into a free spirit. There is something magical about simply allowing the journey to unfold. In fact, one of my favourite parts of travelling is the unexpected experience, the unplanned discovery.
If I hadn’t let adventure sweep me away, I might never have looked out at the stark, desolate beauty of the Highlands and stared into the faces of a herd of shaggy Highland Cattle. I might never have walked among the 500 year old graves that surround St. Andrews’ Cathedral and heard a traditional bagpipe melody floating on the breeze. I might never have stopped at the seaside town of Anstruther and enjoyed a picnic of world famous fish and chips.The allure of the fish and chips from Anstruthers Fish Bar for some people might be their Best In Britain award or the fact that they are loved by none other than Prince Charles and Camilla. For me, the real draw was the restaurant’s commitment to the local economy, the local environment and the local culinary traditions. I loved that they listed the catch of the day along with which local fisherman sold it and how it had been sustainably caught.
The haddock I ate was caught by Crystal River Fishermen that very morning and I enjoyed it while overlooking the harbour where the fishermen moored their boats. As I sat there, I suddenly realized that this meal perfectly captured what I wanted Global Locavore to be all about – my quest to eat locally sourced, traditional foods while travelling the globe.
Discovering a sustainable seafood restaurant on the road to Fife was certainly surprising. Eating a picnic of freshly caught fish & chips was completely unplanned. My love for a restaurant that supports the local economy and environment was entirely unsurprising.
Where have your unexpected travel adventures led you?
Now It’s Your Turn! If you are a seafood lover, it is worth investing in quality, sustainable seafood. It is better for your own health and the health of the planet. The Marine Stewardship Council has easy to understand, up to date shopping guides that can help you choose the most sustainable seafood in your area. Just look for the blue MSC logo on the products you buy!