Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Cardiff, as the capital of Wales, is steeped in Welsh history. One thing I learned very quickly is that the Welsh are proud of their heritage. Proud to be Welsh, proud to hate the English (all in good fun) and proud of their language. The nationalistic pride that exists inside of the UK is something I did not expect. While each of us is proud to be from our home state, it's a different kind of pride than that. The make up of the UK makes it unique in that regard, that each country (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) can be fiercely proud of their heritage yet work together for the betterment of the UK is rather incredible, actually. The number of times I've heard "God save the Queen" in the the last two weeks is great.

The weather has been cold. Like, freezing with out any snow. And damp. And cloudy. About what you would expect out of southern Wales.

I started work as soon as I arrived in Cardiff. I wanted to get a jump start on the experience and show the campaign that I am here to work, as well as put some time in up front so that I can take some time to travel around later. Work has consisted of a mix of office work and of retail politics at its finest. Because of the financial limits of the campaign (55,000 pounds during the run up to the campaign, 33,000 pounds during the short campaign, the six weeks before the election) any work that can be done by volunteers and footwork is done that way.

Starting tomorrow, I hope to post once a day on what I am up to in order to keep the posts a bit shorter.

London, England

I've always wanted to visit London. Wander the narrow streets with the old buildings, see the architecture of old England, lose myself in the culture.

In less than 24 hours, however, my primary concern was not getting hit by a car. Those narrow streets? They drive fast, and on the wrong side of the road. I will be going back to London, to experience it properly. In addition, my phone committed suicide on the train ride to wales, so I lost all my pictures that were taken during the day in London, the few I took on my camera remain, but there are not many.

First, I rode the DLR to the Tube to get in to central London. During rush hour, while extremely jet lagged. Even though I rode first class (thanks Dave!) There was still a certain amount of adjusting that needed to be done, and I was zombified most of the day. I walked the River Thames bank, past the London Eye, to Big Ben and Westminster, and the MI6 building, and in to central London. Trafalger Square, Buckingham Palace, and may parks along the way. I eventually made my way to the British Museum, where I was able to see the Rosetta stone, the Parthenon Frieze's, and a multitude of some of the most valuable pieces of world history. It was, in a word, incredible. Things you grow up reading about, suddenly in front of you, close enough to touch (not that I did...).

The rest of the day consisted of walking, walking, and more walking. I took the tube where possible, but for the most part I just wanted to see as much as I could. And I did. Here are a few pictures I still have. More on London at a later point.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and the surrounding area

Buckingham Palace and the surrounding area