Some days my feet get itchy. I don’t know how to explain it. I’ve got lots to do, I’ve got things to look forward to, I’m not unhappy – I just have a deep down unexplainable and rather strong urge to GO.
Thus I spend a while on the internet sating myself by planning the trip I’ve been trying to save up for. I’ve mentioned quite often my ultimate dream of moving to Europe for school, or at least studying abroad for a year. I am actively pursuing applying to colleges that have strong study abroad programs and I am diving into understanding all things UCAS (UK application method) so that I can apply to some programs in London and Cardiff as well.
In the mean time, I am planning a dream trip to the UK. I figured it might be fun to share with you some of the wonderful things I’ve found in my research and some of the dreams I have.
If I do get to go on my trip, my first stop will most definitely be:
Why: This is the city my dear friend’s family moved to a while ago. I am currently skyping my friend weekly and looking forward to being with her and her family sometime early next year. Also, Cardiff happens to be the capital of Wales, the land of castles. I should very much enjoy trapsing about the Welsh countryside, only stopping long enough to consume unhealthy amounts of fresh seafood.
To Do List:
Taff Trail: A rather extensive biking and hiking trail that weaves all around the Welsh countryside.
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed
Llanddwyn Island: A small uninhabited island off the coast of Wales, filled with footpaths and food for the imagination.
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
Conwy Castle: huge, grand, classic, and free to visit.
“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton
Cardiff Castle: you can’t visit Cardiff without visiting the castle that started out as a Roman fort in 50AD. 50AD guys! In my town, written history doesn’t start for another 1,700 years.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
Roath Park: A classic park in Cardiff. Obviously I’ll be spending plenty of time out of doors. I guess that’s what you do in Wales.
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
Margam Country Park: I’ve always dreamed of wandering around a random country estate, you know, Jane Austen style. This one is free, so hey.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Cardiff Farmer’s Market: fresh food, good people. This is the perfect way for me to feel the rythm of the street (my all time biggest goal whenever I visit a new city).
“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle
Cardiff Library: This is a must because you see, I judge a town by its library. So far, Cardiff is looking pretty good.