cardiff castle again
Today we are heading to Cardiff! I have the Great Britain Lonely Planet and I was rifling through it about a month or so and I came across Cardiff and decided that I really wanted to go there. So I called Ruby and was like, “Hey you wanna go to Cardiff?” And she was like, “Um yeah I do!” So that was that. I booked this Friday off work and we were going to Cardiff. We wanted Hannah to come with us but she is doing her whole Wales tour thing later this year and she would already be going.
So then I looked online at Mega Bus and I was able to get us return bus tickets for only 6 pounds!!! 6 pounds that’s awesome! So it takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to get there but who cares because it’s only 6 pounds! Planned to meet Ruby at Victoria Coach station at 10am as our bus was leaving at 10:30. We bought some snacks and then we got on the bus! Since I hadn’t seen her in the last couple days we caught up with all the necessary gossip and what not, listened to some music, slept a tiny bit, and sooner then later we were in Cardiff! The Mega Bus doesn’t actually drop us off at the Coach station but at the castle instead. But it worked well for us! Oh yes forgot to mention. When I told my mom I was going to Cardiff she told my Grandma who was then like, “Jaclyn is living in Wales!” Jaclyn is my mom’s cousins kid so my 3rd cousin.
The castle Keep
Anyways her boyfriend Brad has a visa for the UK because he is sponsored by the Cardiff hockey team and then she got the working holiday visa like me so she is over here living in Cardiff. Anyways I called her on the Wednesday before we left and she agreed to meet us at the bus station and to show us around. Anyways so we got to the castle and she sent me a text saying she would be there wearing jeans, a black jacket, and uggs. So I actually haven’t seen Jaclyn since I was a little baby so I have no idea what she looks like but we saw a girl wearing jeans, a black jacket, and uggs so I went up to her asking her if she was Jaclyn but she was just another girl wearing jeans, a black jacket, and uggs haha. But then we did see her.
we went up as far as you could go in the keep, thats the flag that was on top from where we were
She is so nice and cheerful! She took us to her car so we could store our bags and then we walked up and down St. Mary’s street and she showed us where all the good bars and clubs were. St. Mary’s street is just packed with clubs and pubs so if you want to party I recommend to go there. It is a lot of chain bars like there is a walkabout and there is a O’Neils and a couple other common ones that they have in London that I can’t remember. Anyways we walked down and she told us which ones played which types of music and what not. Then she took us down Chippy Lane which is a street that is full of kebab shops and fast food. It opens really late and it’s basically open all night and that is where everyone goes at 4 or 5am in the morning and is totally wasted and hungry lol.
another picture of the castle but from up high in the keep! it's so pretty and i love how you can see the stadium in the background as well
After that we went to the castle and we signed up for a tour. The castle is really pretty inside and all the walls are hand painted and decorated. The royal family who owned it gave it to the city in 1947 so now it is open to tours. Our tour guide was a little old man and he was so nice! He was making lots of conversation with everyone and jokes and he was really informative. I hate that when I go on tours though because I can never remember all the cool stuff that the guides tell you. After we were finished inside the castle we walked out on the grounds and we walked up the stairs to the castle keep. We got up pretty high and it was a really pretty view. We could see all the castle grounds and the stadium behind it and stuff it was really pretty. When we were finished at the castle we drove to Jaclyn and Brad’s apartment to pick up Brad. There apartment is so nice! It’s really big and it’s 2 bedrooms and they don’t have to pay rent at all.
the welsh dragon is making a move on me! haha
And they didn’t have to pay for the car either. It’s all sponsored from the hockey team and they get special deals on Zoom and what not as well. I am so jealous! When we got Brad they drove us down to Cardiff Bay and we had lunch at Cafe Rouge. Brad and Jaclyn even paid, it was so nice of them! It was really good to see family too, even though I haven’t seen her since I was a little kid we know all the same people and we were able to catch up on some of the family gossip hehe. After that they dropped us off at the hostel and we checked in and what not and went to the room. We left fairly soon after that just to walk around and explore the area and we ended up walking back to St. Mary’s street. Atleast we knew the way to get there haha. After we went back to the hostel and we went down and sat in the bar.
ruby with the welsh dragon
We met an Aussie couple (Nicky and Jake) who live in London and a Swedish girl named Laura who also lives in London. We all decided to go out together that night and were due to meet back down at the bar around 9pm. Owen (the hostel night manager) was telling us of some places to go and what not. We met them back downstairs at 9pm. Jake invited these random Brazilians to come with us, we didn’t mind but they were kind of creepy. We walked up to St. Mary’s street and we got something quick to eat and then we went to the first club. Don’t remember what it was called but it was really big and they played lots of cheesy dancing music (just my type!) hehe. After that we went to the Walk About. There was a girl there who was wearing a skirt soo short that it looked like she was wearing a shirt and just pulling it down to make a skirt.
You could see her underwear from the front! It was so gross and all these guys kept on coming up behind her and dancing against her trying to lift it up more and she would just giggle, gah it was so sick. I mean I know most girls kind of skank it up a bit when they go out but this was just sick. And she was a total butterface all we could do was laugh at her. After that I am not too sure where we went after that. And then after to O’Neils I believe. At this point the creepy Brazilian guys had left thank god. After we went to this one night club that I can’t remember the name of but when we went inside we were the ONLY people in there!!! We were just like what?!? Haha it was so funny and it was so shitty but apparently it was closing down on the Saturday so everything was dirt cheap and shots were only 1 pound each! I wanted to line up about 5 and do them but Ruby didn’t want to because she said she would throw up so we only did 2 and then another 1 later.
The bar was pretty sick though. My shoes ACTUALLY stuck to the ground, there was some throw up on the way to the toilets and the bathrooms...don’t even get my started!! But I was just so into the really cheap drinks that I just wanted to stay there and get pissed haha. We started chatting to some randoms and then I went outside with Ruby when she had a fag and we chatted to some more randoms.. Two guys who were out for a stag do and were dressed as priests. There were people in the streets that were selling stupid stuff just like when I was in Greece and people came around trying to sell glow sticks. Those people are so annoying because they try to rip you off and they look at you all sadly and they make me so angry. Anyways shortly we left because we were sick of how sleazy all the guys were and how slutty all the girls were so we decided to just go back to the hostel.
me, ruby, and nikki
Don’t remember what time it was that we actually got back but we just hung around in the kitchen talking with Owen. We made some toast cause we were pretty hungry and there was a free food shelf in the kitchen so I micro waved some beans and put them on the toast as well. Owen is seriously the coolest guy ever, he was so laid back and chill and it was just so fun to talk to him. We eventually lost what ever kind of drunk that we had and we were talking about society and drugs and all that good stuff and it was actually pretty deep haha. But it was nice. Eventually we were the only ones left up with Owen and we went to bed around 4am. I felt bad cause he had to stay up all night long and we left him by himself hahah.
I knew Ruby wouldn't last in her heels! Good thing she brought my thongs along in her hand bag