The Welsh team’s entrance. So amazing!
The Welsh team’s entrance. So amazing!
Wales v. Australia Rugby Match at Millennium Stadium. The photo of the fans is right after the Welsh team scored their first try within the first 5 minutes of the game, the energy was incredible!
The hills of Ross on Wye, England. Featuring Taurus (Donkey) grazing :)
So this weekend has been absolutely incredible. Friday night, I went to get crepes and see Catching Fire with my boyfriend. I mean, what a perfect combination. PS. If anyone is ever in London or Cardiff, there’s this restaurant called CrepeAffaire. Just go. On Saturday, Lawrence and I went to the Wales v. Australia Rugby game. Despite a valiant effort put forth by our dragon-y friends, the game ended just before Wales was able to score a try (I think?) and they lost the game. But the event was still absolutely incredible. I’d never seen a rugby match before, much less one at Millennium Stadium, so that was really cool. When the Welsh team entered there were fireworks and fireballs shooting up all around the pitch. It really gave a new meaning to the name “Dragon’s Lair”.
I didn’t even get a photo of the fireworks, but I have it all on video! You can just imagine the atmosphere at this point- pretty amazing!
Today (Sunday), Lawrence and I went to his family’s stable in Ross on Wye near Gloucester to meet his horses and go for a ride. I rode a lovely man named Pheonix (I’m actually in love), and we had a pretty amazing ride through the Forest of Dean. I’m really starting to get used to (and love) this galloping through woods thing. It’s probably the most freeing experience I’ve ever felt. And apparently the Forest of Dean is the Forbidden Forest from Harry Potter, so that’s another site checked off my list! It was really a little spooky in some spots, and I’d imagine it’d be even more so at night.
Anywho, now I have 1 week left before I leave for Strasbourg on Sunday and then just about a week and half before I leave for New York! I’m definitely excited to be home for a week, I’m certainly missing my family and friends a lot. But Strasbourg/Kehl should be really amazing, I’m getting super excited for that! Photos to come, I’m sure :)
This weekend I went on a pretty exciting adventure to London. I’d been there twice before, but I knew there was still a ton of things I hadn’t seen yet, so I was excited to knock a few more things off the list. We arrived on Thursday night and promptly fell asleep at our great little hostel in Victoria. On Friday, Megan was going to the Doctor Who convention, so I had the day to myself. I started by going to the Globe Theatre in Southwark because it’s such a significant theatrical site and I thought it’d be cool to see. I was right! It was really beautiful, and although none of it is original to the Globe, it’s essentially a perfect, working replica. They’re also building a 17th century indoor theatre replica next door which will be open for winter performances in January, and I definitely plan on going to see a show there!
Afterwards I headed to Regent’s Park to have lunch with a friend from Susquehanna at her school. Because I’d fallen and hurt my ankle before we left, I didn’t have much walking left in me, so I pretty much ended the day there waiting for Megan at the hostel before dinner. The next day we started off by going to Buckingham Palace and walking around near Westminster Abbey.
After wandering around Westminster Abbey, we spent way too long taking photos of the Elizabeth Tower, and then we had a tour of Parliament (Westminster Palace) scheduled that morning. If you’re ever in London and have an hour or two, I’d definitely recommend it, it was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any photos inside the actual rooms, but trust me when I say there were absolutely STUNNING. It was really great learning a bit about the British political system as well. Later that afternoon we had a ride on the London Eye booked to complete our tourist adventure. That was really great, a lot better than I was even expecting. We went at 3 pm, and the sun was just going down which gave such a great glow to the city. So beautiful.
That night we went to China Town for dinner, and then I went to see The Book of Mormon while Megan saw the Doctor Who movie. The show as absolutely INCREDIBLE, and I was able to meet Gavin Creel (Elder Prince) after the show at the stage door. I’d seen him in Hair in New York, and I’m a pretty big fan so it was nice to get a chance to chat with him a bit. His dog is really adorable, too (and I absolutely love that he brings his dog backstage with him).
Today we went to King’s Cross station to visit Platform 9 3/4. That was probably the most ridiculous experience ever, as they actually have people working there giving you Hogwarts scarves and taking photos, but it was a fun thing to do. In case anyone was wondering, I represented for Ravenclaw <3
We then headed over to the Camden Markets and Oxford Street to do some shopping before catching our bus back to Cardiff. Overall, a very successful weekend :)
Beautiful day in London today. More photos and posts to follow tomorrow night :)
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” -G.K. Chesterton
I found this gem while aimlessly wandering around Cambridge, England. It was easily the most beautiful spot that we found that day; it was amazing to just sit on that wall, watch the boats go by, and enjoy the spirit of the city. Those are the best days.
Today Megan and I went to Bath, England. It’s only just over an hour away from Cardiff, and I can’t believe I hadn’t gone yet! The city was absolutely incredible. It almost reminded me of Aix in an English kind of way with the architecture and Roman ruins. We started by going to the Baths, and then hiked the 212 steps to the top of the Abbey’s tower. Afterwards, we had lunch and wandered around finding different beautiful buildings around the Circus. I hope to go back soon to take advantage of the spas there!