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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oh Serendipity.

Alrighty! Not much to update, but I did want to tell the world a few things:


  • I've joined the Bangor University Ski Club. 
    • For those of you who know me, you know that I've never skied, much less done really anything in the snow before in my life. This is going to be awesome!
  • I've joined BUMS, Bangor University Mountaineering Society.
  • My fellow Bangor Mormons rock. I love them!
  • Registration went smoothly. Everything is in place and I'm officially an enrolled student now with courses set out and everything. I should be taking Psychology of Sport Performance, Sport and Exercise Physiology, Intro to Sport Science for Coaches, and Physical Activity and Health. Can't wait!
I think that's all I had to say, but I do want to throw in some pictures:

This is Bangor Cathedral. A man named Deiniol was given land by Maelgwn, King of Gwynedd (the area that Bangor is in), and he settled there. He then proceeded to build upon it in 525 AD. The term for the type of fence he built around his land is "bangor", hence where the name of the city/town comes from. Deiniol was consecrated Bishop and the church became a cathedral in 546 AD. It was robbed and burnt by Vikings in 1073, but was then rebuilt in 1130. It's gorgeous on the inside, and it's still in use. I hope to go listen to the choir on a Sunday afternoon one day, just to say I have.

There is a place in Bangor, right down from Hogwarts, called Roman Camp, that's high up on a hill. You have to do a bit of a hike to get there, but the view is stunning. Roman camp was believed to have been built at the beginning of the 12th century. Supposedly there are ruins that actually suggest it is a Norman founded site rather than Roman, but either way, I haven't yet found the ruins that are claimed to be here. I must do more exploring!

This is a view of the beach from Roman Camp.

This is another view from Roman Camp, and it's my favorite picture that I've taken thus far. The castle-like structure is, I'm assuming, Penrhyn Castle. I was going to walk there today but ended up going to Tescos (big shop, kind of like a mix between Target and Costco). I'm planning on walking to Penrhyn Castle tomorrow.

This is a view of the pier from Roman Camp.

Hogwarts!! Just kidding; this is a view of the main building of Bangor University from the city centre. We call it Hogwarts.

After Roman Camp, I descended to the pier (see above picture). It 50p entrance fee, which isn't bad at all. On the pier they have a few cute shops and at the end is The Tea Room (or something like that). It's quite a nice pier! I enjoyed walking along it despite the chill wind. Anyway, this is a view towards Menai Strait, with a few boats.

This is the other side of the pier, a view of the ocean. Quite beautiful, I think!

Here's just a view of a street in Bangor. I love the homes; they're so cute!

Here's another view, there's a little church sticking up.

Well, I'm off to wander into the middle of nowhere with some Bangorites! 

Nos da!

By the way, Serendipity is the gathering of all the societies/clubs at Bangor... hence the title...

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