Okay, so its Monday and I think its time for me to finish my first week of Swansea post really. after all, it is waaaayy over due. Of course my lecturer from Malaysia, Mr. Jimmy too us around, since he is the only one who has been to Swansea before with a batch of students for a trip (that i wasn’t invited to btw.)
Day 1 (okay day 2 but lets not count the day i arrived)
we walked around town and he showed us the way to our campus. we were all still very much jet lagged and tired but we did go through the day without a hitch. One of the boys has yet to arrive due to visa problems so this was only a pre-tour just to familiarise us with the are. it wasn’t cold and raining as it is today and we were told multiple times that we were lucky that it was sunny and warm when we arrived.
Swansea looked like a tiny condensed town to me but personally thats just the way i like it. it had so much and everything as in walking distance. our living halls is in Mount Pleasant so going to town is just a 5 minute downhill walk. From living halls to our campus is only 15 minutes which was great cause i don’t really fancy walking far and long every morning for classes.
tho, the walk down and up that hill still pains me every time and now if i have extra money i take the cab home cause i can’t be bother with that hill. however, that hill does help me get toned, since i can’t register for a gym membership its a good replacement.
the town was small and it took us only a few minutes to walk around and get a feel of the place. we didn’t do any shopping yet since we just wanted to walk around and go sight seeing first. after walking around town, we decided to find the beach, which we ended up not finding but however stumbled upon the Swansea Marina which was just beautiful. we had a little smoke break by the marina and i just couldn’t resist taking photos.
mind you we actually got lost trying to find the beach and as of today we realised that the beach and the marina wasn’t that far off. we took the road from Wind Street straight down and found the marina instead of the beach. we actually had to use Google pedestrians to find our way since our lecturer also didn’t know the way to the beach, okay in his defence he knew the nicer beaches which was Mumbles and upwards but hey adventure is fun when u don’t know what ur doing right? sort of?
confused and lost we decided to just wing it and walk i straight line because google pedestrian said we are already at the beach. confused because we were at a proper housing area! but all that lost/wandering walking found us this beautiful place. the marina was stunning and we crossed a sort of bridge (I’m sorry i am horrible at names and places) and found our selves in a nice spot to chill and take a smoke break.
so that was the first day out in Swansea! we literally went around town and the marina. beautiful place and its as nice and sunny out. we went home tired from walking, (Malaysians never walk anywhere btw so this walking around is pretty hard core man) but being a girl that i am, i went to Primark to shop for jackets and jumpers. just fyi i came empty handed cause i don’t have clothes for autumn and winter, Malaysia is just constantly in either summer or the raining season.
Mumbles! i can’t even contain myself here. on a sunny Sunday we went to mumbles. i swear its beautiful there. the green, the blue, the castle amazing! i had so much fun there i just couldn’t contain myself really. we took the bus to mumbles since none of us really wanted to walk that far and the view form the bus was breath taking! I’ve seen so many photos on tumblr of stretches of beaches and sea but seeing in real life it was great.
First off we went straight to Oystermouth Castle and let me tell you, the view was fantastic! I was just in awe with the landscape and the castle, it not my first time seeing a castle but this one was nicer than the usuals. we didn’t go into the castle however cause we were missing one other person and thought it would be nice if we went in with the whole gang, which we did a few weeks back. i didn’t do much there really i just took tonnes of photographs with my phone (i forgot to bring my camera).
After we finished with the castle, we went back down the hill to go fin a place for lunch and our lecturer suggested the White Rose. it was essentially a pub but it had a nice homey feel to it. i had the mac and cheese with hot chocolate as per usual. then we went to find the famous Joe’s Ice Cream that everyone was talking about. we had multiple recommendations to go there just for ice cream which we did and i must say, they hype was real! the ice cream was extremely good. probably not as good as my Haagen-Daz, which is my all time favourite ice cream brand but it was close enough.
and that sort of summed up my first weekend in Swansea. my induction week helped me explore more of Swansea so that will be in another post soon. i’ll end this post with a photo of the beach/sea i took while on my way back home.
Asna A. xx