Let's start at the beginning, though. Tam and I headed down to Cardiff on Thursday for a couple of days. It's been forever since we took a cheap flight anywhere and we thought we could visit his cousin in Barry while we were there. We explored a bit of the city centre on arrival, then I saw a Pieminister and had a mini heart attack - we need one in Scotland so I can get over my obsession. I must admit, Tam and I seem to have perfected our pie-making to such a standard that it might be better than Pieminister... I know, that's crazy talk. Still, I should probably make another one just to be sure.
That afternoon we paid a visit to the National Museum which, while interesting, confused us since it wasn't on the same scale as the Scottish one. Definitely worth a visit though, especially since there's a cool map exhibition on right now. Friday morning we had another wander around the city before catching the train down to Barry Island. The castle looked amazing but we slightly ran out of time to explore it. That crazy bear statue sitting on the wall did a good job of guarding the neighbouring park!
Tam's cousin (sister to his Nairn cousin - we're well-travelled thanks to them all!) came to meet us with her two little girls. Their nanny is from Barry so she told us all about its history and the plans for the new funfair while we walked on the beach, then it was hot drinks all around at Calwaladers. I'd been told to try their ice cream but it was too cold even for me that day, so it was substituted for green tea and coffee and walnut cake.
Saturday morning we were checking out of the hotel and flying back home with a bunch of rugby fans for company. I always forget how accessible the rest of the UK is by plane, maybe I should take advantage of it more often.
Who's been to Wales? It definitely beat my first trip there...