~ A short trip to Cardiff ~

So, today the first entry in the English Language during my stay here in Wales.

As we are all good students we enjoyed a short trip to the capital of Wales: Cardiff. For me it was the first time of being there – and I like the city quite well 🙂

It’s situated by the sea, has a great stadium (which I will be visiting during my stay), the Millenium Center (also a thing to put on the list) and also every shopping-opportunity you can think of.

But let’s just start at the beginning of the day:

We met at 09:40 am and took the bus to Cardiff Bay. There we went to the Cardiff Bay Tourist Information Centre which is located in the foyer of the Millenium Center. There we had a quick introduction via a short movie in the history and the development of the area of Cardiff Bay. Really Interesting 🙂

Did you know that this area was formerly known as „Tiger Bay“?

Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Cardiff, Millenium Centre

The architecture of the Millenium Centre is quite interesting. It’s built of welsh material (106 million pound) and opened for the public at the end of 2004. Jonathan Adams designed it and made his first thoughts with pen on paper in 1998.

Actually all the letters of the writing on the front are windows.

A bilingual poem
A bilingual poem

And – speaking of the letters – it’s a poem, written by Gwyneth Lewis, who is a National Poet of Wales.

Do you know the meaning of the poem?

„In these stones horizons sing,

Creating truth like glass from inspiration’s furnace.“

Here’s what the writer said about it:
“I wrote the words to reflect the cultural ambition of the Centre. They draw both on Wales’s industrial past and the institution’s location in Cardiff Bay, once the greatest coal port in the world.”

(source: http://www.welshholidaycottages.com/wales/theatre-millenium.htm) 

Torchwood Fans: Take a look for the entry ;-)
Torchwood Fans: Take a look for the entry 😉

Another interesting place we visited today was the Assembly of Wales.

We had to go through security-check and then had the opportunity to have a guided tour which answered a lot of our questions.

There are also exhibitions on different things going on

We get to know who designed the architecture of the house (Richard Rogers), and that there are more female politicians than male ones in the age range between the late 20s up to the age of nearly 80.

In 1999 Wales decided on having an Assembly and this building exists since 2006.

Really interesting facts to get to know…

Have you heard of the mace? In german it’s called „Amtsstab“ and it’s a symbol of the queen so the assembly can make decisions without her being there.

The mace

The Wales Assembly has a lot of areas in which laws can be made, i.e. Culture, Environment, Food, Health & Health services, Social welfare, Tourism or the Welsh Language.

The Assembly has a lot of free spaces and has achieved a low ecological impact by using geothermal heat exchange and collecting the rain water in pipes for example.

The Architecture is meant to symbolize a tree


Here’s where the meetings and votings take place
Interesting forms symbolizing waves and making the space appear more open
Interesting forms symbolizing waves and making the space appear more open
Everything was explained nicely by our guide Lowri – and we were listening

Afterwards we went for lunch and then our group split.

Tomorrow I think we are going to talk a little bit about our experiences and the questions we were supposed to answer 🙂

Say goodbye for now to the symbol of Wales - the Red Dragon
Say goodbye for now to the symbol of Wales – the Red Dragon