This morning, I took a walk back-in-time.

Admittedly folks, it has been a rough couple o weeks. I love my history classes, but keeping my head above the water with non-school related commitments is a full-time job. Now I’ve got two essays almost due that, no matter how much I research and plan, are refusing to come out easy.

Enough with the moohoomoo… 

I woke up this morning and decided to kick off Reading Week with some much-needed spontaneous exploration. I pulled on my warmest clothes and headed into the misty morning drizzle to my favorite park.

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Admired this tree trunk for a while. It made me think, only a true dreamer would carve her masterpiece into a piece of rotting wood.

Normally I stop about a half a mile into the park at a lovely bridge, my favorite thinking spot after difficult lectures or bad days. This time I kept walking…

I walked farther than I ever had before. A gorgeous cathedral spire broke through the mist ahead of me and I walked toward it.

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After about another half mile of walking, I ran into a huge house. The sound of singing nuns drifted through the trees. I was pretty sure I had walked right out of real life into a fairytale.

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Outside of the cathedral lay quaint rows of houses and businesses, a tea room and a butcher shop.

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I realized that I was in a village. A real, legit, non-touristy, and yet still way too picturesque to be true Welsh village.

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Around the corner from the cathedral stood what looked to be a castle gate-house. Kids and teens in school uniform marched through the gate.

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Naturally, I figured I’d wander in behind them… Keep wandering til you get kicked out right?

Inside the gate was a public green space. Down a narrow path the most mystical of doors leading to a cathedral school.

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Could this be real? There was a legit old-fashioned bike with a basket parked outside the gate. Young good-lookin teachers followed students into the school. Everyone in the town was dressed in sweaters and hats and cozy looking vests and boots.

Fun Fact: when I got home I looked up the village and found out that the cathedral school I found was one that Roal Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) attended.

After checking around for cameras (this has got to be a movie set, right?), I continued to meander the the tiny town. Guys, it was heavenly. When I had had my fill I walked back past the house of singing nuns (they were still singing), down to the trail that had led me there, and home to the loud dusty streets of my city.

This morning reminded me that if I am to stay sane this year I need to take a bit more time out of my schedule to wander. Something about getting out of the city, out of the rigamarole and rat race of a competitive fast-paced life, into the fresh air… following a path you’ve never been down before with absolutely no expectation of where you are going…

Ah yah, so therapeutic. As I walked I thought about what is most important to me. I considered why I am in Wales. I wondered about what I am doing with my life.

Spoiler alert, I didn’t get any answers. Yet somehow I picked up enough of an energy to face my own reality again.

I hope you enjoyed, despite my notable lack of photography skills.

As ever,

Keep Exploring!

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

4 thoughts on “This morning, I took a walk back-in-time.”

  1. This was a lovely post! I’m happy you had such a fun journey — mostly because it was awesome fun reading and looking over the pictures! 😀 I took my time scrolling through and it was easy to pretend I was wandering around Wales too. It reminded me too, that I probably ought to get exploring myself and be more open to adventure. So thank you for sharing this adventure and inspiring me 🙂

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  2. Wonderful photos and even more wonderful is your description of how you experience such an exquisite village! I believe what you are doing with your life right now is absolutely perfect and you are making memories you will cherish in years to come. Thanks for sharing, I could almost feel like I was there with you!

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