A Semster of Experiences
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April 11th, 2008 – by: nemo
Cardiff itself isn't that exciting. Coming from San Francisco, I was expecting a metropolitan center, I mean it was sold to me as "Cardiff! The glamourous capital of Wales!" Not so much, but I must say, every Welsh person I encountered was lovely, and it really is the people the Cardiff who make the city such a great place to be.
Cardiff Castle is quite interesting itself. The castle that you can tour was built in the late 1700s and has a very diverse decorating schemes, one room is painted with a horoscope theme, another has a mosque theme. However the Norman keep from the 1200s still remains, and you can climb around it. Probably why it's crumbling so much to be honest, but a cool adventure if you get there soon.
I got out of Cardiff a few times though. I went to Swansea in early November. Swansea is the other major city in Wales, and I had one hell of a bender on Wind Street. Just to note, Wind Street has the highest number of pubs and clubs in all of the UK. We also went hiking on the coast and it was absolutely beautiful. I'd probably have more to say if I didn't get so wrecked the first night.
I went to Bath with three of my flatmates in mid October, and I have to say, it was utterly amazing! Bath Abby is quite beautiful and really dominates the city, it was such a beautiful church and probably the biggest I'd seen at the time.
A flatmate and I took a trip to Northern Ireland together in order to see the Giant's Causeway. It's more impressive than I was expecting. As was the -2 degree Celcuis weather with wind chill. I wouldn't make a trip just for the Causeway, but you must see it if you're in Ireland!
But honestly, Cardiff was an amazing experience, and it's a place that I feel really needs to be experienced as a resident to really enjoy it.
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