Horseback Riding in Wales

April 1st-3rd we went on a trip trough ISH (International Student House) to Wales. We drove there from London, about a 4 hour drive. We stayed in Brecon, Wales, and went horseback riding the next morning. We rode for 5 hours and we were exhausted by the end of it. The next day, we left for London, stopping in two towns on the way home, Hay on Wye and Stow on the Wold. 

We got to Brecon in the evening, and spent a few hours walking around town, grocery shopping, then eating at a local pub.

We got up bright and early to go horseback riding!

Lauren & her horse, Xanadu.

Me & Viking

he had one brown eye and one blue eye, hard to tell in this picture, but the right one is blue.

A nervous Lauren

Heading out

A new friend, Sharrie, & Lauren behind her


After about 2.5 hours, we stopped for lunch. Lauren thought it was funny that I was picking clovers for Viking to eat.

Viking’s blue eye

I found it funny that he got red eye in this pic

Aaand we’re off again! Sarah again

Gorgeous view, it was a bit scary at times, we were so high up!

Precious spring lambs


Hey Dad – Buy me a pony.

Once we finished with the ride, there was a surprise waiting outside the barn:


The next morning we were leaving, and we were all in so much pain when we got up. It’s no wonder why cowboys walk so funny. The insides of my thighs were killing me!

We drove about 2 hours and then stopped in Hay-on-Wye (which to me sounded like a type of bread) which is known as the town of books. There’s some weird statistic that it has something like more bookshops per capita than anywhere else. So, we stayed and looked in a few bookstores (which gets repetitive after awhile, as you can imagine.) There were a lot of books for only a pound, which is really inexpensive but I have no idea how I would get any of them home! Lauren bought ten books I think! The town had a few cute other stores, like a really cool housewares store similar to Anthropologie and an antiques prints shop which was amazing but also amazingly expensive. 

We hopped back in the van for another two hours and drove through the Cotswolds, a beautiful drive, stopping in Stow-on-the-Wold for a quick visit. 

Then, we hopped back in the van and headed back to London, where I’d be meeting my Mom the next morning!

I thought this sign was funny, I tried to make a joke about how welsh looks like something jabba the hutt would say, but unfortunately no one got it. 

Bargon Watchi Hox Paa, Solo! Hoo Hoo