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  • Day151

    Cardiff - Part 2

    November 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    After the Goat Major we walked past the walls of Cardiff Castle to the treat of the evening... The Angel Hotel.
    This was really special because K’s Grandad Charlie Saxton was the All Black Manager of the 1967 tour which was one of the most successful NZ tours of all time.
    Whilst going through Char’s memorabilia we found his typed daily tour report from this tour and in it he describes his day before and after the game in which Wales nearly pulled off the historic win of the century as they led the AB’s 3-0 for most of the game until the AB’s scored 3 points in the dying minutes to land a draw.
    He led the team of Brian Lahore , Thorne etc from the Angel Hotel!!

    So tonight we went back through those same doors, climbed the same steps, sat in the same bar and had a pint to toast Char and Bill in their memory. Great night.


    ( if you can read this link it is an amazing recollection of the 16yr old Gareth Jenkins - later to be Wales coach - of the game day above mentioning Char)



    Tmrw it’s games day for us with Wales vs Barbarians women kicking off at 11.45am and the men kicking off at 2.45pm. Should be an amazing day with 50.000 tickets sold.
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  • Day152

    The encore at the Angel Hotel

    November 30, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    After the game we walked against the 62.000 other people leaving the stadium to fight our way back to The Angel Hotel.
    Whilst at the bar getting served, a welsh male voice choir that we couldn’t see suddenly burst into song- it was so moving I nearly burst into tears!!
    Keeping it together K and I were moved to bits after they sang song after song- how Billy Saxton would have loved this??!!
    We got chatting to a random welsh couple Rhiannon and Ian who knew Dan the postman in the choir and after telling them we were from NZ, they asked the choir to sing a NZ song for us so we got serenaded with the National anthem And Pokarekare ana. How bloody amazing was that??!!
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  • Day151

    Cardiff - part 1

    November 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    This am we left Llechwen Hall early at 8am to head to the outlet shopping centre of McArthur glen Bridgend as it was Black Friday.
    We left at 12pm with some great bargains that neither of us really needed but were lovely and will be used.
    By 1pm we had dropped the hire car back to Europcar and dialling up an Uber we were blessed with a Mercedes Benz E class- those cars have big boots for lots of luggage and both a front and rear sunroof!!! We arrived at our terraced house Airbnb in style!!
    Sadly our room is soo small we both can’t be moving at the same time so one of us has to be on the bed if the other is getting ready!!
    The bonus is that the room is a 15 min walk away from city centre and from Principality Stadium for tmrw’s rugby.
    We had a v pleasant pm wandering around Cardiff City centre admiring the Xmas lights.
    At 5pm is was beer o’clock so off we went to The Goat Major pub for a pint, a well known Cardiff pub.

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  • Day3


    August 15, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Cardiff is a beautiful and vibrant city with many outdoor activities nearby. The bay is definitely worth a visit and hiking any of the mountains or trails is a must do unless you're scared of bad weather.

  • Day12

    Cardiff Castle

    June 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    In Cardiff wollten wir uns das Schloss ansehen, weil es sich innen sehr eindrucksvoll sein soll. Parken ging prima an der Universität. Nach 5 Minuten zu Fuß am Castle angekommen, hatte die Feuerwehr alles abgesperrt. Es fand abends ein Musikfestival statt und entweder war Abnahme oder es gab einen Feueralarm. Da gab es unterschiedliche Aussagen. Egal, dann erst in die City - was essen. Dann hatten wir später noch ca. 1,5 Stunden Zeit, uns das Castle anzusehen. Das hat sich dann auch gelohnt. Ich mache mal zwei Footsteps, einmal außen und einmal innen.Read more

  • Day152

    Rugby, Rugby and a Welsh Male Choir!!

    November 30, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    What a day??!!! Can’t really describe the day we have had.
    Started with a nice breakfast in town and then after an emergency purchase of a fleece blanket from Primark (it was 4 degs) it was off to the Principality Stadium (aka Millenium stadium / Cardiff Arms Park).
    11.45am kick off to the Wales women vs Barbarian women ended up with a crowd of 12,000 watching quite a good game with the Barbarians winning. They played like a team who had been together years. Wasn’t the best display of women’s rugby but the fact they were playing at the stadium before the men and were afforded full brass band, choirs and national anthems showed respect for women’s rugby has come a long way.
    The couple of kiwi girls had a blinder.
    The hour between the women and men’s game went super quickly with the entertainment of the Royal goat, brass band and the welsh choirs singing historic welsh songs whilst both teams warmed up on the pitch- we didn’t know where to look!!
    After an entertaining game the Wales men’s team won 43-33 against the Barbarians who had definitely not looked as cohesive as the women’s team.
    The game was quite a first as Nigel Owens was the first referee to be allowed to referee his own national team, the iconic Irish caption Rory Best retired today from his 124 capped international rugby career and Warren Gatland who has left Wales after coaching them successfully for 12yrs entered the stadium for the last time as coach of the Barbarians..... and if that wasn’t enough we had an encore of epic proportions at The Angel Hotel!!
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  • Day10

    Bayden Scout Hall

    July 24, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    We're all together at our meeting point and after some final checks and preparations and lots of pizza we're now practicing our party pieces for Japan with the help of Seb's parents. We can't give away our secret ideas just yet but all will be revealed in a few days time when we perform in Japan!
    Today we've also had our first of many Jamboree birthdays. Gwyn had a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday sung to him by the unit whilst he unwrapped a special gift from everyone. Happy birthday Gwyn!
    The adventure really has begun now and with an early start in the morning, we wish you all good night!
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  • Day11

    Early start and another birthday!

    July 25, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    About an hour ago we all began to get up and prepare for the first part of our long journey to Japan. First up; a bus journey from Cardiff to Heathrow airport.
    Everyone is in their uniforms and we look very smart as a unit (even if we do say so ourselves!)
    Croissants for breakfast followed by packing away our over night bags and another chorus of Happy Birthday. This time it's Georgia's birthday and we had a surprise visit from her mum with cake for everyone. Happy birthday Georgia!
    Now a quick uniform check and then onto the bus for the first section of our journey.
    Japan, we're coming!
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  • Day176

    Caerdydd yng Nghymru

    February 2, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Der Titel meiner Fotoreihe sieht zwar aus wie ein dicker fetter Schreibfehler - heißt aber übersetzt aus dem walisischen: "Cardiff in Wales". Die Haupstadt von Wales läd ein zum bummeln und die zu Zeit genießen bei einem mittelalterlichen/modernen Flair.

    #thank you guys for the surprise :-)

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