This weekend was an absolute blast! Alison, Claire, Devon, and I went on a Delta vacation to Wales for a horseback riding trip. It started off with an adventure seeing as I got stuck on the Circle Line for a half hour which lead Alison, Claire, and Devon to have a mini freak out and think I was going to miss the train. The train was delayed but even if it wasn’t I made it to the train on time -unfortunately so did everyone else. Despite having reserved seats we spent the first hour of the ride standing because there were so many people on the train we couldn’t even move!
Eventually we got to our seats, made it to Swansea, and got to Parks Le Breos where we had a delicious dinner ready for us. The next morning after our full Welsh breakfast we got a basic introduction to the horses then went on a several hour ride through the woods and up a large hill that gave us a view for what felt like miles. The woman in charge of teaching people to ride had no patience for people who had never been on a horse before which was a bit deterring as she muttered under her breath about a few riders but we didn’t let it spoil the fun because apparently she’s like this every year. Fern and I had a good day as she was the only behaved horse out of the whole bunch.
That night we went to the nearby town of Mumbles. Yes, Mumbles. We found an old castle, took a lot of pictures, befriended a strange ginger cat, and went to a very rocky beach.
The next morning was by far my favorite. Kelsey, who had been on this trip last year, remembered the way to Three Cliffs Bay so most of us went on a beautiful but challenging 3 hour hike to the beach, up some cliffs, and to the ruins of a castle which are now on a golf course. It was the most breathtaking sight I’ve probably ever seen so I’m glad I remembered my camera!
We returned exhausted after our hike to wait for our taxi, and just as this story starts with a mini adventure it ends with one too because the taxi was 20 minutes late. Finally when the taxi showed up we sped through the town making a 30 minute drive in about 20 minutes including a detor we took because of road closure. We got to our train only 5 minutes before it was scheduled to leave. Luckily we got there when we did because the train pulled out of Swansea station a full 3 minutes before it was due to depart! Once on the train we all sighed a breath of relief and waited to pull up in Paddington.