The Gwydyr Hotel
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It will take the breath out of you. Battling your way down
the somewhat fraying wooden planks into the center of the straits during a
notorious Welsh storm is the best way to see the pier. Bangor pier is a beacon
in this city. It’s full of tradition, small welsh business that give you goods
as unique as the people who sell them. On a rare summer day one can ...
... I have to do everything I can now, like i'm running out of time.
Not the case!
I have all the time in the world. In 4 months I go to Sri Lanka for a month, then I get to go back to Ireland and then to Budapest. Don't forget London as well as that is my permanent base when i'm not in university.
So until then I am going to explore the site nearer to home and see what they have to offer.
... there is only about a 10% wastage.
The guided tour of the 'Deep Mine' takes you down a couple of hundred feet into the caverns made by the quarrying of the slate. Our guide was Val, the fifth generation of her family to not only live in Blaenau Ffestiniog, but to work at Llechwedd! Her grandmother was born in the village on the quarry itself, in a building that is now used by the ziplining people to suit up. It was great to have someone who was so ...
... from Tuesday to Saturday, so I missed out on that as well. Instead, I had the unenviable job of having to do some laundry, a necessary evil when travelling unfortunately. Still, it was nice and warm in the launderette, and I had a nice chat with the staff while I waited.
After that I headed back to the room for a bit to sort some stuff out and do some research for the next part of the trip, and then headed ...
... this coming week is the half-term holiday for much of the UK, so that would explain it. I spent a couple of hours just wandering around, getting my bearings. There's a lovely seaside promenade and the longest pier in Wales, which juts out into the Irish Sea and contains amusement arcades, shops and a bar and cafe. I grabbed a snack in the cafe and spent a while admiring the view before heading back to land. Unfortunately for me, the sun was starting to set at ...