May 23, 2017

Trip Recap: Stonehenge and Snowdonia, Wales

Our big term break travel for April started with a day trip out to Stonehenge. When we moved here someone said to save our visit to Stonehenge until we had visitors because it's not worth going multiple times. They didn't mean that it wasn't neat/impressive/worthwhile, just that once you've been once, it checks the block of feeling like you need to go again. I definitely could understand what she meant after our visit, but nonetheless I'm glad we made the trip.

It would take about 90 men to move one of the stones, a random fact that Finn has not forgotten.

The day after our visit to Stonehenge we loaded up the rental car and set out on our big UK+ trip. First stop was to Wales. We had been to Wales once before, but this time went up to Snowdonia in the North Western part of the country. It was a brief stop (we wanted to break up the trip) as we just stayed one night before catching the ferry to Ireland the next morning, but I'm glad we went. Snowdonia is beautiful and reminded me a lot of the Lake District we visited in February. We went on a hike that looked like something out of Game of Thrones. It was a little chilly, but then the wind picked up on the back half of our hike and it got COLD. Mary did great for the first part, but was over it as soon as the wind hit and said, "I want to go back to the car!"

Miles and his dad went to a pub in the evening and ended up meeting "real Welshmen" who insisted on picking up the tab and I felt like most people we encountered were very friendly. Wales uses the pound since it's part of the UK, but Welsh is the national language and all the road and traffic signs are in Welsh. We learned that most people learn English as a second language as a lot of the schools still use Welsh as the primary language, at least in the northern part of the country. They are very proud of their history and culture. It's been neat to see how different areas of the UK can be from one another.


1 comment:

  1. I had no idea English was the second language for people from Wales! What a cool trip!