I’ve lived in Wales for four years. To me, that’s quite a long time. I’ve lived in the depths of Cathays, the Chelsea-wannabe Pontcanna and now the vibrant Bay. And I absolutely love it. To me, Cardiff is the perfect city. Beautiful scenery but still incredible shopping life. Delicious independent cafes and restaurants whilst still maintaining the infamous bars from the UK clubbing scene. For business especially I adore how much of a small town it is; everyone knows everyone. It makes networking and meeting the “right” people so much easier.
Despite all this, I have one huge regret of my time so far. I’ve found myself encased in this little Cardiff bubble… the furthest I’ve really travelled is to Barry to sample the drool worthy fish and chips (oh how I miss the grease) and risk my life on the gypsy-esque fairground rides. Sure, I’ve taken a pedalo out on Roath Park lake, I’ve been to every theatre and touring company that graces the city. I’ve tried pretty much every take out in Cathays and endulged on Fat Pig wine and paella.
But what about all the other incredible things Cardiff and Wales has to offer? There are so many beautiful sights that I still haven’t seen… so much old school cider I still haven’t tasted… so much carborrific afternoon tea I haven’t gorged on.
And with that sudden realisation (as well as inspiration from the fabulous Lindsey Frodsham’s Cardiff bucket list) I decided to create my own. 23 things to do in Wales before I turn 23 (that’s November 25th for those of y’all that want to start planning my gifts early). I’m also hoping it’ll be a positive way to get myself off of my fat arse and exploring a bit more. For each I tick off I’ll be taking a snapshot to pull together a big old collage at the end. Probably a bit bold, but a challenge always gives me such a buzz!
My Big Fat Welsh Bucket List:
1 – Cycle to Castle Coch and have a picnic
3 – Run a Cardiff 10K ✓
4 – Run the Cardiff Half
5 – Go for Afternoon Tea at Gliffaes County House in Abergavenny and explore the Brecon Beacons
6 – Have a pint in the Skirrid Mountain Inn (the oldest public house in Wales) in Abergavenny
8 – Go to a food festival outside of Cardiff
9 – Explore Snowdonia
10 – Taste Joe’s Ice Cream in the Mumbles
12 – Go on a Cardiff Castle Ghost Tour at night
13 – Take a tram up the Great Orme
14 – Explore the Pembrokeshire beaches and bays
15 – Spend the day at Chepstow races
16 – Rummage inside the Dan Yr Ogof caves
17 – Go Coasteering in Anglesey
18 – Go to Oakwood theme park
19 – Eat a full Welsh breakfast ✓
20 – Go to the Royal Welsh Show
21 – Experience the Neath Valley waterfalls
22 – Buy a pack of Fabulous Welsh Cakes and eat them in the sun outside the Sennedd
23 – Learn at least 23 words in Welsh!
What about you? Do you have any Welsh musts that I should add to the list?