Life In: Cardiff, Wales

My name is Zowie, and I had the pleasure of having Katherine in my American Foreign Policy class while she was still a bright-eyed undergrad at Texas A&M. To date she holds the record for the best excuse I have ever heard for not being able to come to class: “I’m playing in the Quidditch World Cup.” Sold.  
I’m originally from the UK (which naturally made me a perfect fit to teach American Foreign Policy to Texan undergrads…), and after finishing my PhD I returned home and landed my dream job. I’m currently living and working in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. I’ve been here for about a year now, and have fallen head over heels for the city. 
I live about five minutes walk from the Bay area, home of the Welsh Assembly (Senedd), BBC Wales, the really cool looking Millennium Centre, and lots of cool restaurants and bars. I love how chill the Bay is, great for evening walks or meeting friends for post-work drinks.
Millennium Centre
20 minutes walk from the Bay is Cardiff city centre with every sort of shop, bar, and restaurant you could wish for. Unfortunately for my bank balance I walk through the city centre on my way to and from work. One of my favourite buildings that I walk past is the central library. I love it on cold winter nights when it’s all lit up.
Cardiff Central Library 
Some more of my favourite places:
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle. In 1947, the 5th Marquess of Bute gave Cardiff Castle to the residents of Cardiff. If you live in the city you can get your own ‘castle key’, entitling you to free admission. So yeah, no big deal, I kind of own a castle now.     
Bute Park
Cathays Park and Bute Park. Cardiff has great parks in general, but these two are in perfect proximity for the rare work day where the sun is shining and I have time to eat a sandwich outside. 
Chapter Arts Centre. The closest thing I’ve found to the Alamo Drafthouse outside of Texas. Cinema / Gallery / Restaurant and so much more, I love hanging out here with friends. 
In conclusion, Cardiff is fabulous! An affordable, fun city with lots to see and do. Also, it’s only two hours to London by train. If any of you find yourself in the UK, it’s definitely worth the trip.
Thanks so much Zowie! I hope I still hold that record in years to come!