St. David’s Wales: A Conversation with Kristen Snyder

June 23, 2016
St. David's Wales: A Conversation with Kristen Snyder

Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where do you live? What made you decide to go to Wales?

After spending 6 years living in Rome, Italy and jetting off or hitting the rails anytime I could, I returned to the US and have started a subscription box company with my sister and two friends from our home base of Tucson, AZ. I still dream of moving back to Italy or somewhere beyond the Atlantic.

I chose to go to Wales because a friend of mine has spent about 3 weeks almost every summer for the last 8 or 9 years in St. David’s, Wales. She kept telling me how magical the country is and how I “had” to visit. So, I finally relented and went with her. I’m so glad I did!

How long did you go for? How did you spend your time?

I spent 5 days in Wales along the coast hiking, visiting small towns, checking out the local sights, eating ridiculous amounts of Welsh butter on scones or Welsh cakes while drinking endless cups of tea, exploring woolen mills, and soaking in the local culture.

What were your most memorable experiences? What were the biggest disappointments?

Truth be told, the entire trip was a memorable experience. My friend and I flew into London and took the train from Paddington Station. Watching the countryside pass before us, seeing ruins of castle-like structures in the distance, and the sun setting behind the rolling hills was the perfect introduction. Hiking along the Wales Coast Path is not to be believed. Every turn of a bend produces another gasp at the sheer beauty of the land and sea. Every person I encountered was kind and hospitable. The landscape is unreal and there’s just a complete sense of peace.

The only real disappointment was that I was there for such a short time, and that I couldn’t bring Welsh butter back to Rome with me.

What do you wish you knew before you went?

I didn’t do as much research about the surrounding area because I was going to be with a friend who was very familiar with where we were going. And while that was great, I wish I’d looked into more of what was nearby.

Any favorite restaurants/hotels/hostels/sites you’d like to recommend? Tell us what made them great!

Since we spent all of our time in and around St. David’s, go to St. David’s! The cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace were gorgeous! The Bishop’s Palace are Gothic ruins that remind you of a movie set. Hike along the Wales Coast Path! Even if you’re not into hiking, there are some great walks and you will not be disappointed, the views are unbelievable! Stop into small farms, towns, and walk along beaches. This is where you get a taste of real Welsh life. Did I mention butter? Seriously, try the butter!!

Is there anything that women specifically should know before they travel to your destination?

As a woman who has traveled alone many times, Wales for me felt like a place where I could easily plop down in a seaside town for a week or two, hop into my rental car and explore the surrounding area without any cares. Wales is a special place that offers deep down, soul rest. I can’t explain it. There’s just something so contented and peaceful about it.

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