Yes, I was in Wales.
And now that I’m back I thought I’d write some posts so a) you can see what Wales is like, in case you’ve never been there, and b) it will force me to organize my photos 🙂
People often ask how we get to Wales. We fly direct from Ottawa to Heathrow – it’s an overnight flight and we try to trick our bodies into thinking the three or four hours of bad airplane sleep we get is a “night” – we leave here at about 9:00 p.m. and land there at about 9:00 a.m. but that supposed twelve hours is really only seven because of the time change.
It’s also a bit tricky because we leave the dim, drowsy comfort of the pristine, and homey, and small Ottawa airport and land in Heathrow (!) – one of the many planes that land one-a-minute all day long. Then we get in a rental car and hurtle onto the left side of the M4 into thick, relentless British traffic.
Crossing the Severn Bridge into Wales is quite a relief.
This time we touched down briefly and lightly in Cardiff (the capital of Wales) where my mother-in-law had big, squishy chunky cheddar-and-ham sandwiches waiting, then we headed off again for West Wales.
If you haven’t been to West Wales, and you like coastal scenery, you might want to go.
I’m cheating a bit, by starting with Abereiddy, because we didn’t go there first, but it was one of our favourite places, so it’s up first (FYI, in Welsh the “dd” is pronounced “th” as in “the,” so this is pronounced “Abereithy”).
Abereiddy, and the Blue Lagoon, are known for a few things.
- Surfing. There were a few surfers out when we were there. It was not warm. But, hey, I guess if you love to surf, you’ll surf wherever you find a wave!
- Red Bull cliff diving. Yup, they dove off the side of a slate mine into that blue-green water.
- Coasteering. I have to admit, this one seemed a bit weird to me. Lots of people climbing around in wetsuits. But, I guess if you don’t know how to surf, and aren’t into flinging yourself off steep cliffs in a Speedo, it’s a reasonable alternative. And lots of people do it, so I’m the odd one out.
That was post #1 of our Wales trip. More to come …