Having been born and grown up in Wales, H always thinks he’s more Welsh than British. “I know I’m technically British, but I always consider myself as a Welsh,” he says. He insists that Wales is a country (that was invaded and illegally occupied, or so he says), and he has an obsession with dragons. Before I went there, he often told me that Wales was absolutely stunning, and I knew how much he enjoyed running and cycling there.
A day after I landed in the UK, we did a 4-hour drive to Rhayader, where his parents live. I started ‘ooh’-ing and ‘aah’-ing just after we passed The Severn Bridge, thinking ‘This is beautiful!’ But oh no, I had seen nothing. As we drove further into Wales, I realized that I was in for a treat. With lush, rolling hills that seemed to never end, little pretty houses, and farm animals, I knew my time in Wales would be relaxing, more than anything.
During our stay there, we made day trips to the neighboring towns like Hay-on-Wye, Brecon, and Crickhowell, and although all was quite impressive (thanks to their locations, in/on the tip of Brecon Beacons National Park), Rhayader was no less stunning. We visited the Elan Valley and the reservoirs, and spent a day cycling along the reservoir and River Wye, which I found simultaneously relaxing and fun (if that’s even possible). I started to really get why H truly loves running and cycling here. I’d never been a sporty girl, but even I considered to get my own bike and started running regularly after spending a day cycling here (haha, so naive).
On another day, we drove through the mountain and the view was equally gorgeous, in a different way.
The whole time we were there, the weather was overcast and it was constantly raining. I thought, even with the gray sky and rain, Rhayader was beautiful.
And then, one day the sun decided to come out (about time, huh), and we did another drive through the mountain and along the reservoirs. And I can tell you, Rhayader looked like a whole different place with the sun shining. The sky was blue, the hills looked even greener, and the water in the reservoir was deep blue instead of black.
The mountain trail wasn’t so bad either.
We also set aside some time to explore the town, but we only needed a couple of hours to do that, since the town was tiny. Still beautiful, nonetheless.
Ah, Rhayader. You’re stunning.
seru2 yah Dixie.. all of your photo is interesting..July 3, 2017 at 9:25 am
Thank you Mbaak. Tempatnya juga mendukung sih, bagus & sepi 😀July 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm
Iya, seru banget kalau foto dan suasana dan tempatnya mendukung..July 5, 2017 at 9:56 am
WAAAHHH bagus2 banget fotonya! Adem liatnya Dix sementara aku lagi liat mobil macet mulu hahaha…July 7, 2017 at 5:57 am
Thank you Christa! Iya adem ya, aku nyampe UK langsung ke sini & nginep seminggu, duh rasanya relaxing bgt, apalagi setelah tinggal di Jakarta 2.5 tahun 😄July 7, 2017 at 11:06 am
dixie, you bombarded this post with beautiful landscape. love all pics. very soothing..July 7, 2017 at 7:58 am
Thank you Chaa 😘😘July 7, 2017 at 11:13 am
Kak Dixieeee, I’m living through your picture today! GOSH those views are such a dream.July 12, 2017 at 12:28 am
Thank you Nerissa! It was really breathtaking and surreal 🙂July 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm
BAGUS BANGET tempatnya astaga sampe mau nangis. Dream place to live yah. Disana memang sepi begitu Mbak? Tapi seru yah awannya cerah, gak gloomy kaya di Inggris kebanyakanAugust 20, 2017 at 1:19 am
Iyaa, emang bagus tempatnya. Akupun rasanya haru biru pas ke sana. Rhayader emang desa yang sepi bangeeet, penduduknya aja cuma 2000an. Itu cerah cuma sehari aja, sisanya mendung dan hujan seperti biasa 😀August 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm