Swansea Again

Our friend Graham is living in Swansea, Wales and running a bimonthly poetry reading, as well. On Thursday, we made our way over to the UK so Shane could do a feature and show off his new chapbook, “Inverted Umbrella”.

complete with hand-stitched binding

complete with hand-stitched binding

 

The reading wasn’t until 8:30pm, but we had to leave home at 9am.

First we took a bus, which was just fine and timely.b-at-bus-stop

Then we took a plane, which was about 15 minutes late.

Next was another bus, which was fine

Then one train, an hour late

The lovely and disorganized Bristol Temple Meads

The lovely and disorganized Bristol Temple Meads

 

And another train which was on time

Finally, after approximately 9 hours in transit, we made it to Swansea, about 120 miles from Dublin. Huh.swansea-station

 

After some tasty curry, we went to Mozart’s Wine Bar for the reading.

I married a celebrity!

I married a celebrity!

 

 

I crocheted through most of it. I would have brought my knitting, but I’m paranoid about getting my tools taken away in airport security.

The reading went very well and we met some lovely people.

crochet makes me angry?

crochet makes me angry?

 

 

The next day brought wandering around Swansea, checking out the park and amazing duck pond (more like a duck lake)brynmill-park

 Swansea University:swansea-u

 

 Charity shops, the central library:

I love the library

I love the library

 

 

The beach:

It looks chilly, but the weather was even worse during our visit in June.

It looks chilly, but the weather was much worse during our visit in June.

 

 

And we went to the surprisingly extensive waterfront museum. We intended to eat at Govinda’s, but they were closed for the evening.

Don’t worry, we found food, eventually, walked home to play games with Graham’s landpeople, and later we met up with some of the people we’d met at Mozart’s at the Uplands Tavern.uplands-tavern

 

The next morning, we bid Graham and Swansea adieu and settled onto a train bound for Bristol and full of rugby fans headed to Cardiff.

Shane is not amused by the beer-swilling teenagers across the aisle from us. Actually, he is. We both thought it was pretty funny, if annoying.

Shane is not amused by the beer-swilling teenagers across the aisle from us. Actually, he is. We both thought it was pretty funny, if annoying.

 

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    kimmykokonut said,

    Shane is famous. You better get him to sign an umbrella for you, quick.


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