Monthly Archives: August 2014

On top of Wales

My last week in Wales, I climbed to the top of Mt. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, with a group of German girls who were also studying abroad at Bangor.                     Mt. Snowdon is unique in that it is not a climb for beginners (climbers […]

Nostalgia for Wales

I am really and truly “back” now, and starting up classes any minute now. Between working and trying not to brag about my tan (“I got it in Greece” doesn’t go over well, oddly enough), I sometimes browse through photos of my big trip, trying to make sense of it all and reveling in the […]


What is this? Italy? Nope. It’s North Wales.                         You’d be forgiven for the mistake; Portmerion village is a collection of brightly colored houses and grottos modeled after the Italian town of Portofino. Walking around was bizarre and delightful. My sense of place was […]

Twining’s & Once

Twining’s is my favorite brand of British tea, and Elea’s as well. Elea discovered  Twining’s has a tea shop on the Strand in London, and was determined to go. I didn’t know what to expect, but I figured, why not, and so we set off toward the Strand in a most meandering fashion. Along the way we encountered […]