Bath, Chepstow, Hereford and a Wales farmhouse

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Chepstow Castle

Morning began early, well the night never really ended. Each person came at his own pace and I was awake for the whole night. Oh well, had minimal breakie of toast and cereal, cold and awful and headed by 8, first stop being Chepstow. This place has a bland castle, and a bridge that separates England and Wales. We went for a morning stroll here, nothing that sensational. From there we visited this Cathedral whose name I forgot, but it was just beautiful. It was in the middle of nowhere, just this big cathedral in the middle of the forest. Very nice.

From here we went to Hereford. Had fish'n'chips again for lunch, and went for a walk around this rather idyllic town. There's a Cathedral here but nothing to write home about. Although it's a nice enough town.

with Jason, Chris, Mike and Nicola
We were now in Wales, and I could tell a difference from England and here. This place did seem more, for lack of a better word, quaint. It all seemed the old England charm that we'd seen on TV, how ironic it wasn't England!

We were now in a town called Ludlow which is a College town. Tons of street exhibition, it looked like straight out of Portobello Market. The Aussie boys were in a rush to get some alcohol seeing as we had a barbeque and a drink-binge planned for the night. So we wandered around town in that excuse. We saw the castle in this city, nothing to write home about.

We went to another town here. It wasn't really a town, but more of this long water canal that leads into this bridge over water...very cliched and a bit forgettable if you ask me.

Cathedral enroute to Hereford

A quick stop at Tesco quickly followed a long drive up the lovely green pastures into our farmhouse. I really have no words to describe this. It was in the middle of nowhere, we were in time for sunset and it was amazing. I never thought backpacking trips would be this much fun. A farmhouse that consisted of 3-4 buildings, stone cottages, cows grazing on the field, it was all so perfect. We quickly settled in, the beer and the wine started flowing and one of the Aussies - Jason started getting the barbie ready inside a little teepee.

We sat outside, got done with our meals by 8pm and it started to get chilly, so we all moved into the barbie. We played this game "I'd never ever...." where you talk about sthg you've never ever done, and whoever's done it has to drink out of his beer. It was GOOD, sthg I'd never played before. We did this for about 2 hrs or so, it was past 12 and I started feeling sleepy so retired for the night.

I slept that night thinking - "what the HELL was I doing all THESE years!". It seems so much fun, you meet such cool people. And the nicest bit is because we know we'll never meet one another ever again, so we might as well have as much fun as we can.

vances says:
A fantastic notion to close this segment. Interacting with other cultures and having fun is the recipe for world peace --- glad you are a goodwill ambassador!
Posted on: May 06, 2006
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Chepstow Castle
Chepstow Castle
with Jason, Chris, Mike and Nicola
with Jason, Chris, Mike and Nicola
Cathedral enroute to Hereford
Cathedral enroute to Hereford
Cathedral enroute to Hereford
Cathedral enroute to Hereford
Up and about Hereford
Up and about Hereford
Hereford
Hereford
Ludlow
Ludlow
Ludlow Castle with Mike, Anna and …
Ludlow Castle with Mike, Anna and…
Farmhouse in Wales
Farmhouse in Wales
Farmhouse in Wales
Farmhouse in Wales
view from our Farmhouse in Wales
view from our Farmhouse in Wales
view from our Farmhouse in Wales
view from our Farmhouse in Wales
Jason getting the barbeque ready
Jason getting the barbeque ready
Ive never ever.......
"I've never ever......."
Warming up from the Welsh cold...
Warming up from the Welsh cold...
Bath
photo by: Hummingbird