This past week the weather has been horrible. Absolutely horrendous. I mean constant rain, which wouldn’t be so bad if it was the gorgeous North Carolina thunderstorms I am used to, but instead we get perpetual drizzle and cold wet greyness. However, on the bright side, I live walking distance from a castle. I really can’t complain can I? Yes, that is why I am reminiscing on some of my pre-winter Welsh adventures. It is what I call project #lookingforsilverlingings. Here are a few highlights:
Ogmore Castle and Beach
Yeah, this one is mainly just scenic. I did get to take my first selfie inside of a medieval toilet. That was great.
It is amazing to see how the castle has remained an important part of the Cardiff community through the centuries. From Roman fortress to WWII bomb shelter, there is more history between those walls than this lil American could possibly imagine! As a history major who plans to focus on the development of propaganda, I found these WWII posters the most fascinating part of the entire tour:
Another fun side affect of the many many remodels through the castle’s long history, is that once in a while you run into doors that literally lead to nowhere. This is where I stand for a minute and pretend I am opening a portal to another world.
Other small blessings that are helping me power through the grey season
-digestive biscuits (seriously cannot imagine life without these)
-Lidl (budget grocery store) bakery section has some CHEAP GOOD EATS
-Coffee and Tea dates with British friends who are willing to help me figure out British culture and laugh at my mistakes alongside me : )
-Apples and Persimmons (thanks to good ol globalisation we can now enjoy our favourite fruits all year round, that is wonderful luxury I enjoy just about every day)
Honestly with a good book or a journal to write in and a cuppa by your side, the greyness isn’t so bad. I should just see everyday as a perfect cuddle with sweater and tea day.
And that’s all for now folks. What is your #projectsilverlinings contribution for the day?