Monthly Archives: January 2014


…But no Doctor Who, because I’m in North Wales, not Cardiff. Alas. Advertisements

Counting Galleons in Wales

Pound notes seem easy enough, but the coins are something else. There’s 5 pence (5p), like a nickel, and 10p, and 50p; easy enough. But then there’s 1p, 2p, 20p, and most fascinating of all, 1 pound and 2 pound coins. There are no pound notes like we have dollar bills; there are only 1 and […]

Criccieth Castle & Llanberis Slate Mine

Rain coming down in a steady, cold drizzle. Mud. And a little Welsh castle. (Yes, another castle. I saw it for all of 10 minutes, just long enough to get drenched.) This set of ruins, Criccieth Castle, is mostly visited for its spectacular view. It is seated on a peninsula in Gwynedd, North Wales, on […]

Caernarfon Castle

My latest field trip included a visit to Caernarfon Castle, a huge Norman castle and walled city built by Edward I at the end of the 13th century. Tecwyn, the director of my program and leader of all the organized trips, says the castle is “pretty old”. I couldn’t tell if this was British understatement, […]

Irises in January!

Swallow Falls

In Snowdonia, but reminding me a lot of Oregon!

Victorian Pier

At the Victorian seaside resort town of Llandudno, North Wales. (Pronounced than-DID-no) Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland here.

Snowdonia trip

Our Snowdonia field trip was drizzly and cold, but so full of a unique kind of beauty that all 45+ of us were all in a state of awe. First, we walked/hiked up a long row of slippery stones set in an uphill path to Llyn Idwal (“llyn” means “lake” in Welsh, and sounds a […]

Dolwyddelan: My first castle

Built in 1185 for the last of the Welsh princes, Dolwyddelan Castle in Snowdonia, North Wales is a ruin today, with only its tower still intact. It is a small castle, notable for being a Welsh stronghold rather than an oppressing Norman or English fortress. And it was the first castle I have every really […]

Walking around

After church and a short orientation meeting, a bunch of us found ourselves with hours of free time and a startlingly sunny day, so we decided to go for a long walk. Our goal: to get out of Bangor.                                    […]