travel diary: entry no. 1
06.04.18 – 13.04.18
During my Easter break from university, I went with my family to stay in a little cottage on the Llyn Peninsula. It’s 5 minutes away from a little town called Abersoch so it’s the perfect mix of gorgeous coastline and sophisticated shops and cafes.
My favourite café from the whole trip sold coffee from Coal Town Coffee Roasters. On a little postcard in the cafe it told the story of Ammanford, South Wales where the coffee is made. Until 2003 it was a mining town. However, the last colliery closed in 2003 and the local economy crashed. The aim of the coffee roasting business is to re-establish the town. I really love this story. My mum came from a mining town and all of the men in her family worked at the pit.
I also loved the decor of the cafe, especially the chairs which looked gorgeous against the mint green wall.
We ate meals in the cottage, mostly. I actually had the time to experiment with cooking a bit. At uni I generally find cooking a chore. I discovered a recipe called Pan con Tomate, a Spanish version of Bruccetta, literally translating as bread with tomato. We had a couple of sunny days which made me crave Mediterranean style, lighter food. It’s not really anything to do with Wales… but blooming delicious! And so easy. It’s literally tomatoes softened with garlic and olive oil smothered on bread with a pinch of salt sprinkled on top.
For the ultimate Spanish-come-Welsh experience, add a Corona with a slice of lime (okay Corona’s from Mexico but they speak Spanish!).
As well as discovering great food and drink, as we were driving around the Welsh countryside, BBC Radio 1 introduced me to the artist, Isaac Gracie. I love the sound of his music.
Because of the stunning countryside and coastline, my love for photography was reignited on this trip. I took lots of photos on film too so – as long as they turn out okay – I thought my blog would be the perfect place to keep them.