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Vee and KJ’s Travel Diary

Friday, 13 Oct 2006

Location: Aberavon, Wales, UK

MapA late night update. (11pm)

We've had a busy but exciting day again in Wales.

The hotel we are at is great and we started by filling up on the breakfast supplied in the price. We then went for a drive along the coast road to "The Mumbles" and a little bit further. It was grey and misty, bordering on bleak but quite magnificent coastline.

We did a little souvenir shopping at Mumbles, posted some more cards and returned to Swansea to do some more shopping and a quick trip to the bookies. We had (initially) planned to go to the races at Warwick today so we had a bet there instead. Of course tinny Vee backed two horses that gave returns including an 80 -1 horse that got third and she had it each way. I backed one winner and we both came out just a little ahead. I managed to 'force' Vee to buy some clothes and she wore some of her new stuff out to the opera tonight. Shops were okay but the staff were too few almost everywhere and at one place (sadly where we bought most) the assistant manager thought it below her to serve and we had to wait ages to give them our money. At another place, a good sized clothes shop, they don't have any rooms or even a cubicle to try things on. It seems it's the same for that whole chain. Not a great idea in our eyes so we moved on, only to come across the staff previously mentioned. Vee had to wait 10 mins and beg for service to purchase a couple of things at Boots too.

Anyway....

We came back to the hotel, rested a little and then drove to Swansea to see the La Boheme. It was an older, smaller theatre but just great for the closeness to the spectacle. It was Vee's first live opera and only my second. The cast and scenery were great, the lead tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones (didn't you just know it :)) was outstanding. We finished it off with a late supper at the Chinese restaurant almost next to our hotel. Lovely food and classy service.

Driving back to Oxford tomorrow.

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