1. Cardiff Bay
2. The PeopleSo, these aren’t actually in order because I couldn’t possibly order them, but the people are probably one of the reasons I most want to live there. Every time I visit Cardiff it feels like a complete contrast to where I live in terms of the how friendly people are. When Alex and I first went to the city we were stunned when people got in our way and actually apologised. I’m not saying Southampton’s the worst city in the world, I’ve definitely been to worse places but a lot of people are usually quite grumpy. I’ve had a few slightly scary – I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but uncomfortable and unnecessary experiences this year and it’s just not a place I see myself settling down in. I guess I don’t really feel safe here at the moment, there’s just a weird vibe going around. I found myself becoming a bit more outgoing and finding people who I think I could actually get along with when I was in Cardiff, which is a pretty big thing for me.
I really love walks and exploring new places, not to mention I have a bit of a love for ducks and there are plenty there. Wildlife and so much GREEN right in the middle of a city is something I’m just not used to but love the idea of. I’ve barely stepped foot in Bute park but what I’ve seen is amazing. I love the little parks too, and the one around the university (I wish I’d gone to uni there). I need to live in a city or at least a town to keep me sane I think, but I grew up in a place where I passed country fields and parks to get to school and that will always be part of me, so a mixture of both is just a dream! I’d definitely walk more and probably be a hell of a lot more active, but perhaps that’s just wishful thinking.
And I’m not talking rubbish, English beaches (Cornwall you are excused from this insult), I’m talking Welsh beaches. I spend a lot of time around the Tenby area and it would be really useful if it didn’t take me eight hours to get home to my parents who live in that area. But also, I just really need more beaches in my life. I couldn’t live in Pembrokeshire because I’d get seriously bored after a short amount of time, but this way I’d be close enough to enjoy it without having to spend long periods of time there.
This might sound a little insane but there’s just so much stuff compared to where I live. There are people in the shopping centre that literally make ice cream in front of you, there is a cookie dough stall, there is a super cool restaurant that serves THE BEST strawberry lemonade (I think it was strawberry). There’s even treetop golf, plus my favourite bath bomb store happens to be based in one of the little arcades!! The market is insanely awesome to somebody like me who doesn’t have one in their city and don’t even get me started on how much better their Christmas market is! I would never run out of things to eat and drink, we just don’t have all of that here. Another thing I just love about Cardiff is that Doctor Who is filmed there. And I’m absolutely not a geek (um, well maybe a little) but I love a bit (lot) of Doctor Who. Even though the exhibition has sadly closed, the city is still mad for it! I just love Cardiff spotting when I’m watching the show, especially when it’s one of the older episodes when they used Cardiff much more. I wouldn’t move there because of that alone, but it’s a cool added bonus!