I’m really happy with the way the trip turned out. Even though I was a bit grouchy by the end of it, I really did have a good time. I probably could have spent a bit more time in Cardiff and Bath, but considering we only had 3 days I’m glad we got to see as much as we did.

Ariel was a good travel partner. The trip would have been impossible alone, so I’m glad she agreed to come along. We had a blast playing cribbage, Set, and backgammon on our train rides and trying to solve an impossible Sudoku I found in the Metro (I’ll post it later for those brave enough). Although after 3 days, I did get a bit annoyed with her. I can’t imagine how people on the Amazing Race put up with their partners for so long.

Overall, the trip was a huge success. I managed to buy a few Christmas presents for family members. We had some stormy weather the first day, but it only added to the atmosphere. I did lose my mitts and toque and had bruised hips by the end of the weekend, but that’s a small price to pay. My camera battery died, but not before I got over 300 hundred pictures. And I got to visit some amazing cities with a cute travel companion, so really I have nothing to complain about.