Being quite used to taking smaller trips between our major holidays – I found myself craving everything that is even a little bit different to the environment we tend to spend our days in, manoeuvring between the office, lab, uni, local shops and home. I am actually lying, the past month have been exceptionally colourful for me. Having friends and parents visiting us meant we could discover the sights of our beloved Cambridge and London, over and over again. And not to forget my spontaneous surprise holiday to the jewel of Eastern Europe – Budapest. Still, all these places are familiar to me – and I have been missing the adventure and the excitement of discovering new places.
This year is the first one when we neither had the time nor the funds to take a refreshing getaway during the Autumn/Winter months. Well into May now, I am desperate for a change of scenery, the obsessed research prior to the holiday, impressing my wonderful fiancé with the hidden gems I found at 3 in the morning, during one of my slightly over-the-top ‘I am just way too excited to sleep, what if we travel there and miss something?’ nights.
Don’t take it the wrong way, travelling has not become a stressing experience for me, BUT it is certainly not for relaxing. We try to fit in more chilling days, but after a day, boredom knocks on the door. And the fear, what if there is the loveliest little chapel a mile away from us, and we are just sitting on the beach not being aware of it? The urge, to soak up all the unique and unfamiliar in a new setting is something I neither can nor want to suppress.
Finally getting to the point, my impatience resulting in high levels of enthusiasm was proven to be a good lawyer (once again…) and the fiancé finally gave in – not that he is going to suffer because I am forcing him to go on a holiday… But his work situation is a bit different as I am still a student.
Surviving the longest and most excruciating Winter ever, I just can’t help but realize how much time we spent inside the house, visiting the gym a few times a week – but still not feeling quite healthy. We both decided we need an active holiday, even more active than our usual ones. No sightseeing – which could be almost just as tiring though – but actual walking and hiking. The original dream was to fly over to Belfast and do a 4-5 day car trip (with daily hikes inserted) on the Causeway Coastal Route. One of our friends is from Banbridge (very close to Belfast) so we figured it could be a perfect holiday for the four of us, one that we have been planning on for years, and as her fiancé has never been to that part of Northern Ireland, they were in straight away. BUT – the rather ‘evil’ then still boyfriend decided to propose to me… (the bastard! :)) meaning he spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds on the perfect ring. So we figured let’s see, what we can find in the UK.
Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland (Game of Thrones fans – a great amount of scenes are filmed here)
Scotland – even though I’ve had dreams about the Scottish Highlands and Islands ever since I moved to the UK – was ruled out as it is too far. Two options – Lake District or Snowdonia. Conducted my research properly – and decided on Snowdonia, as Wales is still closer than let’s say Windermere. We have only been to Cardiff before, but we grew interest in the Welsh language (they have some seriously unpronounceable words over there, even worse than Hungarian the language), culture and – of course – cuisine.
In a little over a week, we will be driving up to Beddgelert near Snowdon mountain, that we will climb the following day. We will be doing some wild camping, which I am a bit concerned about, but only because of the cold. Every 100 meters (328 ft) the temperature drops a Celsius (33F), and even though it will be almost June, I don’t have high hopes for good weather (deep inside hoping for a nice surprise) as the top of the mountains tend to be still covered with snow well into May. In two weeks time I will have my own photos to show you after the trip I’m impatiently waiting for!