So, guess what? Dan Cody came to visit! He was being all smart at a conference in Switzerland when he decided to leave the continent, equipped with chocolates, for a weekend in the UK.
Together we drank some ale, ate some pies and made the epic trek up the Machynlleth were Jona now resides. We hired a car for the weekend and managed to stay on the left side of the road and navigate roundabouts without too much trouble (though there was my constant mantra of “look right, go left,” that might have gotten a bit taxing).
We arrived in Wales on Friday night and were greeted by the Welsh wind and a wind-swept Jona. We promptly ditched our bags in Celtic land (Jona’s bedroom for the night had copious amounts of celtic symbols and wizards on the walls) and hit the town for some frisbee and food. All this before retiring in a very small bed complete with random branches sticking up from all sides.
Saturday brought new places and new people. We took off to visit Jona’s new place of work (http://www.cat.org.uk/) and met up with his new housemate Marie. We toured the campus and drank some tea before heading back to town and into Jona’s new house (less wizard more Victor Jara).
After a well deserved cup of tea and some yummy cheese we were off to one of the coolest places in Mid-Wales: Machinations! Machinations (http://machinationswales.co.uk/) is a cafe/bunny village/automata museum/awesome time. We spent a good part of the afternoon in engineering envy over the beautiful mechanisms that made oceans move and puppets dance and even got to meet the master mind behind a lot of the exhibit. Top this off with a lovely house dinner and sing-along and you have one stellar day.
Sunday brought more adventures and a rare occurrence in Wales – sunshine! To celebrate the unusual weather we walked, napped and walked some more. Man did Jona pick one crummy place to live. See photographic evidence below.
Well after an action packed few days, Dan and I said goodbye to the sheep covered hills of Mach and hit the road for the trip back to England for me and back to the states for Dan. No worries though, I have a feeling it won’t be long until the Cody comes back.