Aside from surfing and the wonderful group of girls I got to spend a week with, the best part of the week was my daily indulgence in Portuguese custard tarts . Locally known as pastéis de nata, they are a flaked tart filled with custard.
They were a staple part of my diet in Portugal, usually enjoyed along with coffee in a beach restaurant while we waited for the waves to behave themselves. When I returned to Northern Ireland, I made it my mission to find a recipe (and make it my own).
Flying doesn’t excite me; getting to the destination and putting my feet up does. I am never going to be someone who gets excited about leaving for the airport and does so six hours before their flight time.
There is no doubt about it; I travel light. When I travel long term, I use my Osprey Farpoint 55 backpack to carry all my worldly possessions (and my electronics take up most of the day bag). I never had any problems with “having too much stuff”; maybe I had to sit on it to close it the odd time, but that was manageable.
I use the same bag for my shorter trips as well. It’s comfortable, lightweight and its size means it is suitable to carry on board.
I am going to begin with a disclaimer; I am obsessed with Game of Thrones. I was introduced to the television series before season 3 started and that was the beginning of a slippery slope into a Thrones obsession.
I have watched each episode multiple times and I read the books word by word. I haven’t (yet) sent George R. R. Martin any threatening emails or tweets to tell him to get a move on.
Cardiff is a new city to me; Wales is a new country to me. I am not sure how I managed to make it to 26 years without a visit to one of the countries closest to me, especially as I have been to both Scotland and England numerous times.
I visited Cardiff to attend Traverse travel blogging conference. Included in the ticket price were ‘Sunday Experiences’ ranging from white water rafting to a day in the mountains.
I knew my time was tight (thanks to irregular flight services to Ireland) and I wanted to fit in a visit to Cardiff Castle, so I chose ‘Cardiff on Foot’; a walking tour around the city centre.