The clock is ticking on my time left in the U.K. and I’m trying to make the most of it by visiting friends and seeing new places.
In this case, I got to kill three birds with one stone in Cardiff: exploring a new place, seeing my good friend Alex and going to a hockey game. I met Alex on my year abroad, in fact, we went to Newquay together but haven’t seen much of each other this year as he now goes to Cardiff University. Also, Diego is really into ice hockey but has never been to a game, and the closest thing to a professional game is in Cardiff… so off we were.
Tuesday, 16 October: We stopped in Bristol for lunch at ZaZa Bazaar, which was filling and tasty!
We arrived in Cardiff around 1700 at our AirBNB close to the city center (less than 10 minute walk) it the flat was absolutely lovely. Newly built, modern and simple, the perfect size for the two of us. I would love to live in a flat just like this!
We then proceeded to town to Spillers Records, the oldest record shop in the world! Wouldn’t have known about this gem if it wasn’t for my friend Max, good shout Max (if you’re reading this). There, I bought a CD (’59 Sound by Gaslight Anthem) because… how could I not?
Then, we made our way to Cardiff Bay…
… and then to the hockey game! I have actually been to a CHL game before in Berlin (v. Ingolstadt) but was a bit lost as everything was in German. I like to think I got us good seats to watch the Cardiff Devils play the Vaxjo Lakers. Even though the good guys lost, the game was incredible: exciting and high scoring (5-6) with overtime. I’m glad Diego has so much fun at his first of many ice hockey games.
To end the night, we met with Alex in town at The Alchemist for fancy cocktails and a catch-up.
Wednesday, 17 October: Diego and I started our day in Cardiff central market with Welsh cakes (basically a pancake coated in sugar) and coffee.
We then met Alex at Greazy Vegan for lunch. It was so good to see him twice this trip!
To end our time in Cardiff, we went to Techniquest, a hands-on science museum. Naturally, it was crawling with kids which made me a bit annoyed, but there were some laughs to be had.
I had a great time with Diego, especially at the hockey game, and hope we can do it again before I go!