Snowdonia, slightly laconically

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I went to Snowdonia somewhere in November. This is near Dolbadarn Castle in Llanberis – yes, the unwieldy names add to the charm.

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This is my best stab at a Beach House album cover. I couldn’t resist trying, with the candles and plates laid as they were. If I recall correctly this was taken in a house that was displaying what life was like in the past – can’t put a decade to it though.

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So, what’s holding you back?

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We didn’t get the best weather possible, but intermittent light is preferable when it looks like this.

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The random houses and ruins dotted along the path added to the mystery.

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Proof that I reached the top (though I suspect this was never in doubt in the first place) – a benchmark!

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So, I was listening to a narration of Animal Farm yesterday. I got as far as Old Major’s death. Humankind is that impatient with animals.

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Very authentic (and may I add, tasty) Thai food in Porthmadog!

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Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Victorian slate capital of the world, now with a much smaller population. A dark atmospheric town.

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Betws Y Coed railway station. This picture is entirely pointless, because we took a bus there.

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These woods look like they could be used in the stereotypical horror films run-in-the-woods scenes. I was too afraid to venture in to take a better picture.

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Can I add that this is my favourite picture of the trip, and perhaps of all time? I admit to increasing the contrast and saturation slightly though.

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It was rainy the three days we were active. Of course, the best weather had to come on the day we were leaving.

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When I travelled last academic year, I hardly took the time to space out in a cafe, enjoy a book and even people watch. I think I’m doing it quite different this year.

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