Category Wales

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 […]

Hiatus- One month across Europe

I am spending my last month over here traveling through Europe, something I’ve dreamed of doing for years. After two weeks of solo travel, I’ll be joining my friend Elea in Vienna, and traveling as a duo from there. I will miss writing this blog, but Paris and Rome and Barcelona are calling. Look forward […]


I’ve been radio silent on this blog lately, thanks to both finals and my own laziness. Things have been going well though, and before I continue posting about my spring break and my last few weeks around Bangor, I’ll just give a quick update on Things Lately. No pictures from the last days of my Outdoor […]

The Great Roommate Exchange

Last fall, my roommate Elea and I were planning our study abroad trips and of course we also planned to visit each other. I don’t know where the time went, but the time finally arrived to visit each other. I visited Elea for the weekend in Cork, Ireland where she is studying for the semester, and then […]

St. David’s day in Cardiff

I happened to be in Cardiff for St. David’s Day (*snaps* for nice timing). St. David is the patron saint of Wales (think St. Patrick in Ireland), and his feast day is a national celebration. Seemingly everyone in Wales wears a daffodil to show their pride, but the crowd in the capital city becomes a […]

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle was the coolest castle I’ve seen so far, and the highlight of my Cardiff weekend.                 Walking along the animal wall in the city center and through the castle walls, I see a neat little castle on a rise, looking just like a castle should: tower, […]

En Route to Cardiff

We took the long way to Cardiff, and stopped at the major attractions on the way down the length of Wales: Hereford Cathedral and Tintern Abbey. No! you cry. Not more churches, please! Relax. There’s more to it than that, I promise. Hereford Cathedral is home to the Mappa Mundi, the largest medieval map in […]

Mountain biking in Gwydyr Forest

Mountain biking was the latest adventure of the week: Straining uphill and skidding downhill under spare February trees with glimpses of hazy mountains and bright valleys was possibly the most fun I’ve had so far in Outdoor Pursuits.                 The rest of the group started out with great […]