Since we had the weekend free Mary, Alyssa and I had made
plans to visit Cardiff, Wales. We did
our best before we left to make arrangements for our stay. However, when we arrived in Cardiff, we
quickly discovered that we had not planned out how to get from the train
station to our hostel. It was decided
that the best thing to do was visit the library in Cardiff and see if they
could help us (or at least we could use the WiFi for free there). We easily found Cardiff Central Library. It is an impressively modern building located
in the heart of the city. The building
is 6 stories high and boasts gorgeous views of the city below.
|View of bicycles parked along the side of the Cardiff Central Library|
I was surprised at how modern the building is. Not only is it a library but, from my view, it is a work of art. Its design is part of the city effort to regenerate Cardiff. The exterior of the building is meant to look like books on shelves.
|Cardiff Central in the day|
|Cardiff Central at night|
|The grass covered roof of Cardiff Central photo courtesy of BBC News|
To my surprise the ground floor level of the library offers housed three chain restaurants (Wagamama, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Carluccio’s). Each of these restaurants has an outside entrance. While it seemed strange at first it does make sense that the library can attract people to the building with these businesses. The website for this particular Wagamama even boasts its location as “on the ground floor of the fantastic Cardiff Central Library, Wagamama is a great place to eat and drink during learning or relaxing”.
|Entrance to Wagamama located on ground floor of Car|
From Brecon we had to catch a bus back to Cardiff and then a train from Cardiff back to London. To put it lightly, traveling around the continent takes a lot of time, planning and a fare amount of money. But, I would not trade our experience and it was well worth the time, money and effort. It was thoroughly enjoyable. I learned a great deal about the country of Wales and spent time talking to the locals I met on the bus, train and in the hostels.