After London, I hopped on a bus to Cardiff, Wales to visit my friend Joe. The first night was filled with authentic Welsh food (sausage and mash) and ales while watching the Scottish Independence Referendum at a bar that was celebrating the occasion. The party bit was a little premature as by the time we woke up the next day Scotland had voted against independence… but it was still a fun night with Joe and his friends teaching me necessary Welsh phrases such as:
“Fy enw I yw Rachel.” (My name is Rachel)
“Syt da chi?” (How are you?)
“Ble mae’r cwrw?” (Where’s the beer?)
The following day we headed to a tiny town in the countryside and toured a coal mine called “The Big Pit” and I learned that:
a) there is not an actual enormous pit to be found there (false advertising)
b) being a coal miner seems terrible
Wales is super lush, very green, foggy and full of sheep. We ate a late lunch at a gorgeous misty overlook and tried to trick a sheep into taking a photo with me (this was unsuccessful).
Later that night, Joe took me to a quirky little bar called Milgi where I got the most delicious cocktail of my life, the Berry Collins. I sucked that thing down like it was Gatorade after a 10K.
If you ever find yourself in Cardiff… get over to Milgi, get a Berry Collins and you can drink it in the YURT they have in the back patio. A yurt! In Wales!