It’s The Little Things In Life.
Our trip to Cardiff, Wales was something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do. As I sit here today thinking back on those two weeks, it truly was one of the most life-changing trips.
While we had so many incredible moments that I could write about, I also know how important it is to remember the little moments, too.
- A Cup of Tea
During one of the days we went to explore an old cathedral, Llandaff Cathedral. We had some down time before lunch that afternoon. A few of us walked up a hill to a little town with a few shops.
Within this small town was a tea room. I remembered seeing someone sitting outside the shop with a tea pot and a cup.
It instantly took me back to when I was around the age of 5 having tea with my stuffed animals in the living room.
My dad always told me that whenever I had the opportunity to travel to the UK, to drink tea, because that’s just what they do! This was my chance.
I walked through the creaky old door and ordered a tea pot and a welsh cake. I only had about 10 minutes to drink my tea, but those 10 minutes I’ll remember forever.
- Don’t Ask Where the Restroom Is
One day we took a bus down to Barry Island. It was absolutely gorgeous.
Many of our Welsh friends were telling us that this is the tourist area, and you can find some great fish and chips along the seaside.
I started off in a small group, and then decided to part ways and enjoy some time alone. The whole beach was packed, not to mention, most likely 300+ dogs. I went up to a small shop and purchased a hot dog and a drink. Yes, I know… it wasn’t fish and chips… but that line was too long.
After I enjoyed my lunch, I realized I needed to find a restroom before we got on the bus. I started walking around and could not find it anywhere. I kept walking. Nothing. Time was ticking.
I ended up walking up to a visitor shop, or so I thought or was. Instead it was a small museum with information about the beach. I finally came upon some people sitting inside. I proceeded to ask, “Do you know where I can find a restroom around here?”
The older couple looked at me with so much confusion. It hit me in that moment, “Oh, I mean the bathroom.” Confusion still amongst their faces. After a few seconds, they smiled. I think this is when they realized that I was not from the country. With a smile, they went on to say, “The toilet is down this path, to the left”.
From that moment on, I never asked where the restroom was at again.
- A Room Full of Laughter
To be honest, this trip was exhausting, but in the best way possible. There were some nights that we would stay up as long as we could handle, and still somehow wake up at the crack of dawn the next day.
Throughout the whole trip, I shared a room with Faith and Seena. I wasn’t very close with either of them before this trip, but after each one of those long nights, which I didn’t mention earlier, was almost every night, we became so much closer. There were nights that we would stay up talking for hours, which usually turned into us dying of laughter.
On one of the first days of the trip, Will Godwin came to visit Faith, Seena and I, and we sat in this small room and talked for three hours. I don’t think any of us had ever laughed that hard, and I also don’t think we realized that we just made a life long friend at that moment.
So, as you plan your next trip, or you’re just going throughout your daily moment, remember to enjoy the little things in life. I guarantee you will miss some of those moments one day.