The English love the underdog. They cheer for whomever is losing a sporting event and they favor whichever artist is ranked number two.

Cows grazing in a field in Pembrokeshire Wales

I’m not English, but when in ‘Rome’, you gotta love the underdog. As such, this weekend’s adventure took me and my boyfriend to Wales, the geographical underdog of the UK. Something about Wales being the one part of the country that we never seem to hear about piqued our curiosity.

Castell Coch in Wales

Our first evening was spent in Cardiff, capital of Wales since the long ago era of the 1950’s. The city itself is the personification of Wales’ underdog status, recovering from a period of decline. We availed ourselves of the bright spots, visiting the waterfront area of Cardiff Bay and the city center with its Romantic era castle, the enormous Millennium Stadium, and some good nightlife.

Cardiff stadium

On Saturday morning we stopped by the over-the-top fairytale Castell Coch before heading north to Brecon Beacons National Park. The weather was a bit scitzophrenic, raining one minute and sunny the next, so it made for some interesting hiking conditions. We spent the afternoon zig zagging our way through the park, hiking to waterfalls and through sheep pastures while avoiding rain.

A waterfall in Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales

On Sunday we spent a sunny day in Pembrokeshire on the southwest coast of Wales. The area was beautiful and had a great hiking trail along the cliffs and beaches.

Welsh coastline in Pembrokeshire

We stopped for lunch at The Shed, a tiny seafood restaurant with a great reputation. I had local sea bass with an amazing dill beurre blanc sauce while my boyfriend noshed on a crab sandwich for which the meat was caught in the bay right outside the restaurant.

Hay bales in fields in Wales

Our bellies full, we headed to St. Davids to see the famous cathedral and pick up some local goodies. We couldn’t resist buying a couple bottles of mead after reading Beowolf in high school English class. I have no idea what it will taste like, but it’s made with honey so it can’t be that bad, right?

St. David's Cathedral in Wales

We headed back to Cardiff, stopping at a huge beach in Newgale and driving through Swansea, which we decided was the underdog city of Wales.

Beach in Newgale Wales

But was Wales itself really deserving of its underdog status in the UK? The cities might well be less glamorous than their non-Welsh counterparts, but the coastline and parkland were gorgeous and the seafood was delicious. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate. Then again, if we did that, it would mean I couldn’t be excited about traveling to Wales anymore…

3 Comments on Lady in Wales

  1. Happy to see you visit my homeland. 🙂 I live in a small town just between Swansea and Cardiff. We are definitely the underdogs given that way too many people outside of the UK have never even heard of the country. 😛

  2. i love everything about wales and you blog it perfectly with the perfect word that made me miss wales even more.

    i was studying in wales since 2006 till 2010 before heading home to my home country for good but until today i feels like i have left my heart there..and due to that, i was looking for wales / london blog to reminisce my memory, that’s why i’m here now commenting your post about wales.

    thanks 😉

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