All posts tagged: cardiff

It Took Me 3 Days To Get Home! | Vlog

If you remember what I was up to in January this year, you may remember I was making my way home from the UK, and it took me three days! From Cardiff to London, to Paris, to Hong Kong and finally home to Auckland it was a pretty tiring and long journey home. I wrote two blog posts about it, Part 1 and Part 2, but I also had some footage of the long trip which I thought I’d share with you. The very last footage of my Europe Trip. Enjoy tout le monde! Advertisements

Food Photo Friday #21: Sunday Roasts @ The Taf

Food: Sunday Roast/ Consumed at: The Taf, Cardiff University Student Union/ Date: January 2015 Today’s edition of Food Photo Friday is nothing too fancy, but it sure was a hella good meal! Even though I’m eagerly counting down the days until I graduate, there are of course some fantastic perks to being a student i.e. student discounts. In this case, my flatmates and I made our way down to the Cardiff University Student Union Pub called the Taf for a Sunday roast for, guess how much… 3 QUID. Absolutely mental. In NZ dollars that’s about $6 for a plate stacked full of food. I packed a whole lotta roast vege, roast meats, mashed potatoes, peas, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing and a good drizzle of gravy and cranberry sauce, all washed down with some apple cider. Ahh that was the life. Do you guys have a go-to place for great food at a bargain price? Let me know below in the comments!  

Food Photo Friday #1: Market Superfood Salad

Food: Market Superfood Salad + smoked salmon/Consumed: Jamie’s Italian, Cardiff/ Date: January 2015 I’d never been to Jamie’s Italian before as we don’t have one in Auckland, so when I saw that there was one in Cardiff, I knew I had to check it out! When it comes to ordering food, I am absolutely hopeless. There’s always so many things that sound amazingly delicious and I want to try them all- this time was no different. In the end I opted for something a bit healthier, but still sounded so scrumptious. The Market Superfood Salad is made up of; “Avocado, shaved fennel, candied beets, pulses, Italian sprouting broccoli, creamy cottage cheese, pomegranate, smashed nuts & seeds. Served with a fennel blossom Sicilian harissa.” I then added smoked salmon to the mix for some fishy goodness and we had sides of pork scratchings and Italian nachos, both of which were delicious! The salad was as beautiful as it tasted, and it was massive! Everything within the salad complimented each other (the only downside was that there …

National Museum Cardiff

I was pleasantly surprised by the National Museum Cardiff. My main purpose for going was that I’d never been there in the four months that I’d been living in Cardiff and felt like it was almost a necessary thing to do. What I really loved about it was the layout. The natural history part of the museum was laid out in a clear, easy-to-follow path, so that there was no aimless wandering trying to figure out where to go next or where you were. It made the whole experience really relaxing and enjoyable, as you could just stroll along the path and look at everything without accidentally missing something. Cardiff also have an impressive art collection on the second floor. There is a range of Monet’s work, along with some of  Renoir’s, Picasso’s and a Van Gogh and Magritte too. We spent a lot of time admiring the art. I would highly recommend the Cardiff Museum if you are ever in Cardiff. It’s not too big and easy to navigate around, another perk is that it …

The Doctor Who Experience

While I haven’t grown up with the television show Doctor Who, I did get into the show a couple of years ago and now I would definitely count myself as a fan. Therefore it wasn’t right to not go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, which is the only one of its kind. There are two parts to the Doctor Who Experience, the first part is the interactive part, where you are taken on a little adventure and need to help the Doctor save the universe. It was quite funny and quite enjoyable. My favourite part was definitely going through the forest of weeping angels- scary as hell, but also a lot of fun! That takes about 15-20 minutes (you’re not allowed to film or take photos, so you’ll just have to go by my word). The second part is where you get to have a stroll around the Doctor Who exhibitions, where there is actual set, props and costumes that you can look at, which is also super cool. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed …

Cardiff Castle: Castell Caerdydd

Sadly, it is a little under ten days until I have to bid farewell to my Cardiff University family and head back home to New Zealand. One thing that I have been terrible at doing whilst being here has been doing the touristy things around Cardiff and Wales. So, with the limited amount of time I have left here, my friend and I decided we should visit some of the popular sites, first up, Cardiff Castle! What was super cool was, since I’m currently a Cardiff resident (albeit only for another ten days,) I was given a discount PLUS a ‘key to the castle’, which pretty much means I was given a card which gives me free entry for the next three years, which was pretty sweet and will be a cool souvenir. Just like usual I took advantage of the free audio guides to find out about the places and things we were visiting. There is not much left of the original Roman Fort, but you can see a few old stones here and …

Winter Wonderland: Cardiff

Leading up to the opening of Winter Wonderland in Cardiff I would walk past the park and see all the different parts being built and lights being hung up and in addition to the pretty Christmas lights and displays in town, it really was beginning to feel like Christmas. Seeing as this was my first Winter Wonderland experience (because I’m used to a  hot summer Christmas,) I was very excited, especially excited for the ice skating rink in fact. I ended up heading to Winter Wonderland twice. Once with just two of my friends, and the second time with the majority of my flat and the flat next door, which was a lot of fun. The highlights included; ice skating, going on the giant swing ride and eating Nutella and banana crepes!

Winter Favourites

Haven’t done a favourites post in a very long time, but recently there have been a few items that I’m really enjoying and I thought I’d share them. First up: Christmas themed bedding: I bought this double-sided bedding set from Primark about two months ago. There is a very Christmasy side and then a navy blue, slightly less Christmas-y side which I’ve been showing until now when it’s acceptable to be Christmas-y. It’s warm, cute and was very cheap! Turtle-neck tops/jumpers: With the colder months here I’ve been investing in some long sleeved, warmer tops. I’ve really been loving turtle-necks at the moment, reminds me of my childhood when I used to rock the skivvys and overalls. I originally bought a black and white stripped top from Urban Outfitters and loved it so much that I got the same in black (yes, I have become one of those people). I also bought a grey and black turtle-neck jumper from Topshop (pictured above) and another grey top from Next. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera: With everything being …

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

I’ve always loved Christmas, it is definitely my favourite time of the year, however unlike my friends up here in the Northern Hemisphere, my Christmas day is usually associated with summer sun, BBQs and the beach. I’ve always grown up with summer Christmas’, so one of the most exciting things about being in Europe for Christmas is the hope for a white Christmas! While my friends here tell me that it very rarely snows in Cardiff, particularly around Christmas, I’m hoping that going back to Limoges in France will treat me, as they usually get snow. I am so excited! In other news, last night I got an email congratulating me for getting accepted into my university major of choice; Journalism, which is such a huge relief and has made me excited for my final year of university. This is the second to last week before we break up for Christmas break, so my flat have a few Christmas-y plans such as a homemade flat Christmas dinner and a floor trip to the Cardiff Winter …