My first fortnight
Swansea Travel Blog› entry 3 of 32 › view all entries
Well, I've now been in Swansea for a couple weeks and it's time for an update. Swansea itself isn't that great. I've heard fellow travellers call it a 'pretty shitty city' and an 'ashtray'. Even it's most famous son, the poet Dylan Thomas, called it an 'ugly, lovely town.' Luckily, I've been staying with Tom, who lives outside of town, in the community of Holts field. I'm having a good time here so far. Tom's friends and family are all really nice and they're fun to hang out with. There's a good feel of community here in Holts field.
Just past Swansea is the Gower peninsula, which is a beautiful limestone-covered region that juts out into the Bristol Channel. This is where I do most of my 'travelling' at this stage.
I've been fortunate enough to explore a few other parts of South Wales. Most notably, Tom's friends Seren and Dai took Jen and I to Carreg Cennen castle, just on the outskirts of Brecon Beacons national park. Although the castle was a bit decayed, it was perched on a high hill and the view of the surrounding countryside was impressive. The castle was also built upon an old cavern, and we trekked down into the underground lair, which shows signs of habitation from the Stone Age.
After sleeping in Tom's room for the past couple weeks, and by the next update I'll have a place of my own. I've also managed to get my hands on a library card, so I can use the internet now and updates should be easier to make.