Welcome to Wales

I haven’t posted in a few days, mainly because Monday and Tuesday really weren’t all that exciting. On Monday, Rachel, Savannah, Michaela, and I went to go see the One Direction movie. Yea. That happened. If you don’t know who One Direction is (like my mom), then reading the rest of this paragraph is probably pointless. It was a little embarrassing actually paying to go watch a 3D movie about a boy band but…it was so much fun. We were the only ones in the theater, so we pretty much sang and danced the entire time, and now we can’t stop listening to them. We’ve decided to just embrace it. The highlight from Tuesday was successfully making Nutella puppy chow with Evan for our group devotional. It was a crowd pleaser.

Today, we took our group trip to Cardiff, which is in Wales. So technically, I went to another country today! It was a solid two-hour bus ride and unfortunately, Tony and Neil were not with us. We had a different driver who never spoke, and Anne was our French tour guide. To put it nicely, I’ll just say I preferred Tony. We drove around Cardiff for a little bit to get the feel of the city, which was much more metropolitan than anything I’ve seen in England (other than London). The older architecture was all Victorian, and we’ve mostly been seeing Gothic styles so it was cool to see some contrast. Anne led us along the bay, and then we toured the Cardiff Castle. The castle was the first one we’ve been able to enter, so that was really neat! We went to the top of one tower and then went into another part of the building that was still furnished and painted in the original state. There were lots of portraits of knights, lots of jesters…that kind of thing. We’ve mostly been seeing religious sights, so it was nice to see something a little different. On the drive back to Bath, we stopped at two sites that had Roman ruins. One was a 2,000-year-old amphitheater and the other was the layout of a Roman town. Because America is so young in comparison to all these sites, it makes it even more amazing to be standing somewhere that’s so old.

 

 

Once we arrived back home, the group at our weekly devotional at the Gaw’s, which Vicki led. We got out just in time for Jacob, Evan, Josh, and I to climb up to Alexandra Park and watch the sunset. The landscape in Bath is gorgeous. Every view has a different perspective and every single one is beautiful. The view plus the sunset (and the view after the sunset) made it a perfect night.

 

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20

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