What can I say about Cardiff? I was there for the weekend and it rained, not much different from Ireland. It was a smaller city to Bristol and I could get around it in a half hour. It was quick for me to figure out where I was in the city centre, which just shows how small it is because I still don’t know Bristol. I stayed with Brits so I wasn’t really getting exposed to Welsh cultural but that was alright because I got to see it for myself.
Cardiff felt a little more local and it had a lot of things that seemed like local businesses as well. Except it did have Starbucks and McDs. I did question going there, unsure if this was the right spot for me to eat or get a drink. Because my last night in Bristol I found myself going to places that weren’t really comfortable going to on a single holiday. There were tons of large groups and dates happening and I felt isolated so I had to leave.My dad suggested going to a local place, which I felt was harder to figure out in Bristol than Cardiff. In Cardiff I decided to find a cafe to sit and do some writing. I went into these inside lanes away from the crowded streets and read the menus and looked at the place thinking how would I feel if I went in there. I found this place called Seasons which I went both times to try some local Welsh food- Welsh Rabbit and Lamb Stew. It all was very good and full of carbs.
I went on a day trip up the west coast of Wales. I took a walk from one bay to the next and got to see what I love- the edge of the world. It was a lovely morning/afternoon; the sun was out, and there were a lot of people walking around too. I found myself wanting to do more exploring but since I was with a tour I had a time limit and couldn’t go down that one hill to the rocks. At the beach I touched the water, risking my foot to get wet. I also had a Welsh cake which was very sweet. A welsh cake is like a flat scone; the one I had there was the best one I had while in Whales. We also got them from the tour and it was store bought and if it had been the only one I tasted I could not say I like Welsh cakes.
The down side to the trip was the rain; it came in when we hit the top 9th beach in the world. Rain was comingfrom all directions. I risked the walk to take some pictures of the “worm” but I was getting so cold and tired that I wanted to sit inside. However, there were only three places with limited seating so I kind of began to really hate it. It was a depressing sad scene with me just standing there in the rain, dripping from my nose. But it wasn’t so depressing because I got to see views and places I had never seen before.
I spent seeing the city of Cardiff. I walked through their park, which really had nothing much to it.There was a boat tour but I didn’t want to do that because of money and just time limitations. I did however go into the castle, which got me an inside look to Welsh history. The down side there wasn’t much to it, the castle had a good view of the city, but in the house you could only see the first floor’s that 5 rooms- and it still didn’t beat the house in Asheville North Carolina. I did however sit in the courtyard, enjoying the sun and worked on my thesis.
What I liked about Cardiff was that it had a lot of little places to the city. Also the drinks were nice