It’s the middle of my work day, and the doorbell rings. Someone has come by from a local charity or other organization and wants a brief chat. I pause my work and open the door, smiling as I prepare myself for whatever it is they’d like to tell me about. Them: “Hello, I’m [Name] from … Continue reading Where are you from?
We are nearing a big milestone in our life in the UK: As of this Saturday, we will have lived here for 5 years! The 5-year mark means that we can now apply for indefinite leave to remain, i.e. settlement or permanent residence. (The ability to settle in the UK depends on a number of factors, … Continue reading Life in the UK
Have you ever gone somewhere very familiar and suddenly discovered a part of it you never knew existed? I had that happen during my pilgrim walk around Bangor, when we discovered Ogwen Trail. And it happened again, later, during a walk toward Llandudno. It started when my parents and I decided we wanted to go … Continue reading Exploring the Unknown
There is a house on our street with a laburnum tree in their garden. It’s perfect for gauging when to visit Bodnant Garden’s laburnum arch, so when we noticed it was in full bloom at the end of May we decided to go for a visit. We weren’t disappointed! We had no other plans for … Continue reading A Day at Bodnant Garden
Today we boarded a boat and spent the afternoon exploring Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), a pilgrim destination for centuries but also an interesting community with a history that includes self-declared kings, a commitment to biodiversity and the arts, and a greater connection to the rest of the world than one might imagine for a tiny … Continue reading Pilgrim’s Way: Final day (Bardsey Island)
Today we walked our final 11 miles from Tudweiliog to Aberdaron, the end of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way. Although we didn’t walk the entire path, I’m feeling an incredible sense of accomplishment at achieving our goal. My parents and I walked every step between Rowen and Aberdaron, and we did it together — in … Continue reading Pilgrim’s Way: Day 10 (Tudweiliog to Aberdaron)
Today’s walk was about 7 miles along gorgeous coastline. The day had about 875′ total ascent, which was mainly from dips in the path along the coast — there were a handful of spots where we dropped down to cross a stream coming out to the sea and then back up again. We decided to … Continue reading Pilgrim’s Way: Day 9 (Nefyn to Tudweiliog)