Here again

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I’m trying my upmost to rekindle my wonder for exploring places, its difficult when you’re in a place where you’ve lived for almost half your life. But don’t assume by any means that I dislike Cardiff, perhaps there are a few things I would like to improve (*ahem*public transport*ahem*), but on the whole there have been many exciting and fun things happening round here recently.

The Empty Walls Project, occuring between September and October, brightened Cardiff streets with an array of various pieces from local to international street artists. At the same time the Cardiff Contemporary festival featured a wide range of exhibitions, events and activities open for all to experience. One of my favourites being the zine library next door to The Abacus gallery.

Chapter Arts made great use of Castell Coch for a fun screening of James Whale’s Frankensten accompanied by homemade pizza and the occasional sprinkle of rain.

If you wander down Dumballs road on a Friday or Saturday evening, look for a big yellow door (most likely with a long queue outside it), there you will find the Depot. The Depot is home to Street Feast Cardiff till the 20th of December, where you have a chance to enjoy such things such as a hot dog with coca cola fried onions, creme brulee or spicy pad-thai fries.

I will finish with a mention of local places that I have visited and loved; Science Cream for their vegan pumpkin flavoured ice cream, the new location of Waterloo Tea in Wyndham Arcade, Wahaca’s beautiful Mexican food and The Abacus for hosting the Christmas Bazaar – which I participated selling at (and also for The Abacus being a consistently interesting gallery to visit).

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Mural by Philip Morgan

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Cardiff Contemporary’s selection of zines

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Mural by Ekstraternek

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Mural by Hyuro

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Castell Coch for a screening of Frankenstein

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Ready to watch Frankenstein at Castell Coch

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Science Cream

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Mmmm, pumpkin flavour ice cream

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Street Feast Cardiff at the Depot

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A birthday painting I made, featuring one of the best films Japanese horror Hausu

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A Sunday afternoon in Wyndham Aracde

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Chocolate chilli cake and Peach blossom tea in Waterloo tea

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Getting my work ready for The Abacus’ Christmas Bazaar

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An abstract pastel painting I created

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Tiny version of my Iceland Mural

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My stall up and ready to sell

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Alex from Stitch City’s stall

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

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SURVIVAL KIT: Ballad Of magazine, CDs of the Voluntary Butler Scheme & Punks on Mars, Woolly Hat from the White Pepper, Sea Salt Banana Caramel Truffles and SLR film camera

Everyone needs one, a survival kit to pack for a long arduous journey. My journey in particular happened in August, when I made my way with my family to the Outer Hebrides, to where my grandfather was born, Stornoway. My last trip to Scotland had been a bitterly cold October, so it was a surprise to be greeted by white sandy beaches and blue skies. Wild heather carpeted everywhere, as I watched it rush past the car window, accompanied by the occasional sheep, empty bus stop or sheep in bus stops. As tiring as it was to travel there, I couldn’t have been more enamoured with such a beautiful place. The landscape took me back to when I visited Iceland in May, both have such raw beauty to them.

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Hills near the Lake District, England

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Ullapool, where we caught our ferry to Stornoway

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Callanish Stones

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Heather is everywhere

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40 North, where you can get Irn-Bru ice cream

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Salmon butties on the beach

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Rodel Church, Isle of Harris

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Fudge and a cappuccino at An Lanntair Arts Centre and Cinema