It’s 5:30 a.m. That’s what time my alarm went off. Annie and I are good roommates because we are similar when it comes to sleep. We both need/like sleep and we are very responsible when it comes to sleep. So needless to say, we went to bed early last night so we could get up at 5:30 a.m. relatively easily. We got packed up, had breakfast and went back to bed…on the bus. Our drive to Cardiff, which is in Wales, was around 3 hours. At one point I woke up and the entire bus was asleep. It wasn’t the most comfortable, but it was needed.
Our visit today was the University of South Wales to speak with journalism professors. One was English and the other was Welsh. Wales is very interesting because it is a country, but it is under British rule except for like school and healthcare. They have their own language and dialect separate from the English. The Welsh professor was telling us that the Irish are just Welshmen that can swim, which I though was hilarious, because the Welsh were forced into the mountainous region by invaders a very long time ago and some swam over to Ireland. There is definitely a pride of country or region in the UK. They fed us coffee and Welsh cakes while we talked about British media, their portrayal of Wales and how they report news to the Welsh.
Once that visit was over, we went to a boardwalk area for lunch and to hang out. A big group of us went to Nando’s for probably the last time on the trip. Seriously, who do I have to talk to to get a Nando’s in Edmond? We were sharing funny stories from high school and being too loud in a public establishment–the usual. The boardwalk was quaint and it was nice to stroll around a little piece of Wales. Once we were back on the bus, we were wide awake. We played a little bit of Heads Up, which was absolutely hysterical. I think what makes this group so fun is that we call each other out when you do something stupid or make a bad joke (@me). We bust each other’s chops, but it’s one big, happy, UK traveling family.
Our hotel is in Bristol, which is where one of our professors used to live. We are staying at a really nice hotel with a great view. The halls are tiny and they are lined with carpet, which makes lugging giant suitcases hard, but I guess it’s pretty worth it. A group of us decided to stay at the hotel bar for dinner, which was really fun. We were there for a few hours, so it was a great way to end the night.
Dinner with the friends
Waking up early or dragging our luggage through the hotel