I promised myself that every year on my birthday, I would travel to somewhere I’ve never been. On my 23rd last year, I spent a week drinking coffee and sleeping in the mountains of Sagada.
This year was no less, as I got to celebrate it with my sister (her birthday falls the day before mine!) in a foreign land. She is 11 years my senior, so you do the math. 😋 Two days after arriving in London, we packed our small bags, and took a 5-hour drive up to the land of song – Wales.
We left home at 6 AM and grabbed coffee along the way, so by lunch time we were starving. We stopped by a cute roadside pub and decided to have lunch and a glass of beer. At this point, I realize that the people were speaking in a different language, but most of them were bi-lingual. Wales is regarded as one of the Celtic nations, and their local language is called Cymraeg, which they still so proudly use. It’s written side by side with English all over their road signs, menus, and travel guides.
We didn’t really plan out anything for the remaining of that day. After getting some grocery supplies for the next few days, we settled ourselves in the Airbnb before heading out for Ate’s birthday dinner that night.
Our Airbnb looked really pretty, it felt like I was a transitory character in a fairytale. No kidding. Upon entering the house there was a small couch and a telescope nearby, where you could watch the stars at night. The kitchen and dining were in a single room, and everything was either in wood or cement. The tiles were both the color of gravel and brick red, and there was a fireplace in the living area. There were also two huge sofas covered with the most comfortable blankets. 😭
After getting a bit of rest, we were off to supper.
The Wolfscastle Hotel was a 5-minute walk from our Airbnb. Apparently, they also owned The Wolfe Inn Pub where we had our brunch upon arriving, but the food here was much better. The place was peaceful – perfect if you want to spend a quiet evening chatting over dinner, and their service was pretty fast compared to the other restaurants we’ve dined in, too. I’m the type of person who gets cold easily, so with the 13 degree weather, of course I was freezing. The meal was perfectly paired with red wine to bring some warmth in my belly. 😌
These are probably the worst food photos ever, but I actually forgot to document properly because I was enjoying the moment! Lol so I had to make do with the lowlight ones. Hehe.
We ended the night with another glass of wine, adjusting to the cold weather of Wales. Or maybe that’s just me? I was so glad to get all tucked up under a really thick blanket. The UK knows no summer…
I turn 24! Wow. Care to slow down a bit, world? 24 and not getting any younger. I always feel like time seems to be running out, but I felt pretty at peace with myself that day, and was just happy to be spending it with family. After breakfast, we decided to explore the town of Pembrokeshire, and it did not disappoint. Pretty pastels everywhere.
Seeing this old lady enjoy her afternoon read made me so happy
It was quite hot that day, (but not hot enough for me to take off my sweater, lol) and hey, it was my birthday! So I grabbed a candy-coated cone of ice cream and walked around town where I saw both old and young artists, painters, and musicians. Dogs and horses freely walked around town too.
Pistachio ice cream for me
Ate and Mirko got one for themselves too
Everywhere, the walls were built with brick and cement, and old buildings are preserved with the utmost care. My favorite thing about Europe is how much they value their history. They embrace modernism, yes, but only to a certain degree. They acknowledge how the past has literally built the present, and the amount of respect they give to that fact is just admirable.
Pembrokeshire is a small seaside town, so they have a beach where people just walk, hang out, and bathe under the sun like what we normally see in movies. Dogs are welcome everywhere, even in restaurants! Water is provided for them in every corner of the town so you don’t have to worry about dehydration.
The water in the beach was just insanely cold, and I can’t imagine how the locals manage to dip in it naked. They were probably laughing inside seeing me sport a sweater while they’re all topless, but I really don’t care lol. We decided to play some frisbee and lay under the sun. The air was cool but the sun was really high.
There were also yachts and small boats for rent, if that’s your type of leisure. You could have lunch in there, drink casually, or sleep. It’s a walking town, so that’s all that we did for the rest of the day. Thankfully, I came prepared. My red boots were made for walking. 👣
If you are ever in Wales, it won’t hurt to drive for a few minutes and see how cute this little town is. Pembrokeshire is such a charming place, with its yellow walls and red vintage doors. The people were politely warm, and you are encouraged to be yourself. It’s like a dream in a dream, except you’re walking in it.
Turning 24 isn’t bad after all, eh? 😉