By: GoEnnounce Student Sean Kirkpatrick
I’m Sean, a junior in college, and a first time study abroad student. I am studying abroad at London South Bank University for this semester. As I’m abroad, I’ll be sharing my adventures, experiences, lessons, (and maybe even mishaps!) as I venture through my semester across the world. Please be sure to check back in and follow my posts on Twitter with the hashtag #SeanAbroad.
This week’s post is going to be about my trip to Wales. For those people who don’t know, Wales is a country within the United Kingdom, right next to England. In the weeks leading up to this trip, I was looking into something that I had always wanted to do in Wales. This was visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff and yes, it’s pretty nerdy. Nonetheless, it was something that I really wanted to do, so I made arrangements ahead of time to leave my tour group and reconnect with them at the hotel after. I even found two other people in my group that wanted to join me! Finally it was time for the trip!
We left really early in the morning on Saturday and made our way from England to Wales. Our first stop was the site of a Roman fortress and amphitheater in Caerleon.
The only remains of the fortress and amphitheater was the foundation, though there were some places you could climb on a wall. It was really cool being on ground where Romans walked and lived. I even stood in the middle of the amphitheater and pretended my friend was a lion I was fighting. She was not as amused as I was. It was fun but the whole time there, all I could think about was going to the Doctor Who Experience. We got back on the bus and made our way to another city in Wales called Caerphilly. It was here where things got a little bit hectic.
In Caerphilly was an old medieval castle that had been in ruins for a while until it was fixed only a little while ago.
Though I was not able to visit it because I had to run and catch a train in order to make it to Cardiff on time. And when the time came for the 2 people to come with me, they had changed their mind. I wasn’t going to let that stop me though, I was determined to make the trip to Cardiff. I went with one of my friends who was nice enough to go with me. We spent the rest of the day at the Doctor Who Experience and I have to say, it was amazing.
That’s my nerdiness coming out again. After we took the train to a city called Swansea to meet up with the group again at the hotel we were staying at.
The next day we left bright and early to visit an old coal mine that was now a mining museum. This was really cool except for the fact that I am 6 feet 4 inches tall. One thing you need to know if you ever decide to go mining, you can’t be tall. There were times when I actually had to crawl through tunnels and was the last one in the group because of it. Though the tour guide did like the fact that my home town is Sleepy Hollow. He didn’t think that it was real place and gave me a tic tac because of it. And then after the mining trip we went to an old ruined monastery called Tintern Abbey. This place was awesome and even though you weren’t supposed to, I climbed the ruins and as punishment, fell off them. It was a lot higher up than I thought!
Although this was such a great day, I was still just happy I got to go to the Doctor Who Experience, the one thing that I really wanted to do abroad. And that’s my point, no matter what your friends or people you are abroad with want to do, you should make sure to do what you want to do. Don’t put other people’s wants in front of your own while abroad. You are the one paying the money and only really get to study abroad once in your life. Make it count.
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