Road Trip in Wales

Road Trip Through the Welsh Countryside

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In 2006, when I was finishing up my tenure in Denmark, I had a friend, Adam, who was living in Wales. So another pal from Tennessee, Wes, and I convened in Swansea for a rousing time full of Welsh goodness.


I don’t think the sun peeked out the entire five days we were there. But then again, does it ever? I would almost feel gypped had I arrived in Swansea to pleasant weather.

It actually made San Francisco’s dreadfully foggy days seem desirable.

The wind and rain also were no joke. My jacket was a permanent staple that trip—I wouldn’t doubt I even slept in it at night, as I never could quite warm my soggy bones.

I also saw more sheep than people, so Wales did seem to live up to all its stereotypes.

The three of us rented a car and drove around the countryside for a few days, visiting castles and chasing sheep. I’m not even kidding—there’s this classic video Wes shot floating around somewhere on the Internet of Adam and I casually walking through a field, then quickly changing course and sprinting full-speed at a flock of unsuspecting lambs. It was pretty freakin’ awesome.

The thing about traveling with photographer friends—they’re both professional photojournalists these days—is that you’re always in front of the lens, as opposed to the other way around.

Not that I mind, as I am vain like that, but in looking back at all my pictures from Wales, I notice a good majority are taken by Adam or Wes—or the same shot by both from different angles.

Only, it does seem like I was traveling alone, as photographers never seem to want to be in anybody else’s shots.

Proof I have friends, lest you be worried my year abroad turned me into an introvert.

Road Trip in Wales
Road Trip in Wales
  • May 1, 2009

    Rain, fog, greenery- my type of place. Going there in September, as a matter of fact!

  • May 1, 2009

    Looks lovely. Consider yourself lucky to be traveling with 2 such talented photographers; not only do you have wonderful pictures of your trip, but you don’t have to hide any of them because your cheeks look fat. (Not that yours could, but you get the idea.)

  • May 1, 2009

    I think I only spent a day or so in Wales. Looking at your pictures, I wish I’d had more time there. FOR SHEEP CHASING.

  • May 1, 2009

    Ooooooooh, the memories. I was there over 15 years ago. It doesn’t look like much has changed, it’s still gorgeous, with fog and lots of sheep. I love Wales, we took a horse ride through the countryside and then ended the day with beer at the local public, minus the cigars:)
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  • May 1, 2009


    I have a Welsh name – so really, I should pay Wales a visit.

  • May 1, 2009

    WALES! GUINNESS! You KNOW I love it 🙂 I’m still fairly certain the only sunny day in Welsh history was my wedding day. We were NORTH of Swansea too . . . And you know the UK: The further north, the colder and wetter!

    I haven’t tried this sheep chasing thing you speak of. I might need to go back for that. There ARE lots of sheep. And, now that you mention it, they ARE rather chaseable 🙂

  • May 2, 2009

    Nice photos

  • May 2, 2009

    I wish I looked that good when it’s raining. ha ha.

  • May 2, 2009

    I love the way you tell stories…:)

  • May 3, 2009

    I need to go. I need to go. I need to go…

  • May 3, 2009

    I wish my hair looked like that under such wet circumstances. Instead, I look more like a soggy sheepdog.

  • May 5, 2009

    yay keep these posts up they are great! I love your damsel in distress pose the best!

  • May 8, 2009

    I did some camping on the Gower last summer and even in August the weather was quite showery – you can count on green hills in Wales. Read about it here.

    You could also enter any articles like this about Wales in the Wales in Words competition, if you fancy winning ahotel stay for a return visit.

  • March 31, 2011

    It’s not always rainy in Wales in fact I remember some point last week where they sun came out 😉
    (not the same adam)

  • April 22, 2013

    I think you summarised Wales up pretty well there: fog, rain, fog, rain and rainy fog.

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