March 1, 2017

On Pen Y Fan

I was born in Ghana and lived in London and Southampton until I decided to come to Cardiff Met for uni. I’ve been studying in the Welsh capital for nearly three years now, and I love it! Here’s why:

1. It’s a very patriotic place


A very Welsh birthday cake made for me by my Welsh housemates in first year – oh so patriotic!

Every Welsh person I have met is extremely proud to be from Wales. It really rubs off on you and makes you want to get stuck in to the Welsh culture.

As I write this, it’s coming up to St David’s Day, Wales’ national day. There’ll be a parade through town and lots of people around in a party mood wearing leeks and daffodils, the national symbols.

2. The sports culture is amazing

Watching the Rugby World Cup in Cardiff in 2015. What an atmosphere!

For such a small country Wales do pretty well in sports, including rugby and football – you probably know that Wales made it to the semi-finals of the European Championships last year.

Sport really is a big thing here. When Wales play rugby at the Principality Stadium, it has the most amazing atmosphere. And it’s not just restricted to the stadium – everyone knows about the legendary game day buzz here in Cardiff. I can’t wait for the Champions League Final later this year!

3. It’s cheap

A night out in Cardiff is so much cheaper than London!

From rent to eating out to leisure activities, Wales is a really inexpensive place to study/live – especially if you’re used to London prices!

There is something for everyone here at a reasonable price, whether it’s the cinema, shopping, or nights out – in fact I’ve blogged before about some of my favourite cheap things to do in Cardiff.

4. It’s close to nature

The view from Pen-Y-Fan is amazing!

Wales has so many amazingly picturesque places, from the Southern UK’s tallest mountain Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons to the Gower peninsula near Swansea. You visit beaches, mountains and waterfalls all within an hour of Cardiff – it’s an amazing place for anyone who is an outdoorsy person. One of my highlights of living here so far was a trip up Pen Y Fan.

Check out the Visit Wales website for even more incredible places with beautiful scenery.

5. It’s diverse

One of the best things about living somewhere so diverse – the food!

Cardiff is a very diverse city, with people from all different backgrounds and ethnicities – it’s been like this since the 1800s, which shows how welcoming the Welsh are.

This diversity means there is are people from all kinds of cultures to meet, and always something new to try – you just have to look at the amount of different types of cuisines you can get here! You could be having a Welsh cake with a cup of tea one minute and eating a lamb shish kebab the next.

Check out our video on what it’s like to live in the Welsh Capital: