We were up at 5.30am sharp in time to catch the bus that took us to the ferry that took us to Pembroke in the early afternoon. We intended to travel from Pembroke to Cardiff via train, but came across the issue that the train station at Pembroke dock is not actually located at Pembroke dock. Pesky Welsh. We trekked it into town and waited four hours for the next train. We took that train to another station to wait some more in freezing weather before catching another train. We arrived at our hostel at 9.30pm in Cardiff. It was a long exhausting day but we were back to the land of lemon sherbets and Primark instead of Penneys at last.
In the morning we got up to an incredible breakfast spread that we would have expected from a hotel and made the most of it. We needed it after a night on our hammock-like beds and the description of an ‘audible sleeper’ in our room as a kind euphemism for a snorer sounding about as delicate as an iceberg breaking apart. We left the hostel for some exploration of the city, finding a cute arcade and the main street. It was much colder than we had expected therefore HAD to stay inside in the shops. Such a shame. That night we watched a couple of movies from the hostel DVD library and had a free pasta dinner thanks to the hostel with our roommates and various other guests.
Already our last day in Cardiff, we had planned a castle visit but our roomies said it was too expensive and not worth it. Instead, we went walkabout in the autumnally pretty park, the rain stayed away (presumably to come again another day) and we engaged in a spot of squirrel hunting. In an inspired move someone artsy had carved the fallen and broken trees into sculptures. With not much left to do in the city, we spent the night watching movies with our roommates in the lounge that we had all commandeered for the last couple of nights. The weather hadn’t been wonderful, freezing morelike, but we had bought the souvenirs and ticked Wales off the list. It was our last new city for our OE which came and went with a very surreal feeling and a sense of relief for the end to long travel days.