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Me and my boyfriend took the ferry over to Belfast from Birkinghead for my Grandad’s 80th Birthday bash. We slept on the ship and when we woke up drove straight off to the family’s town. We visited Belfast and Newcastle, as well as a few small towns like Minerstown. We stayed in a beautiful 18th century property that we’d found through ‘Air B&B’. We struck gold with our hostess who used to run a café, so our daily ‘fry’ was delicious and we got a few tips for Irish baking. The countryside seems busy in Ireland. The skyline is dotted with different houses, the fields crisscross…

1. Book your flights either really far in advance or last minute. … or trains, or (mega)buses. You all know the drill that if you wait to book your train home ‘til the week before the price can be astronomical, but if you plan ahead and get it done months in advance you can lower the price for yourself a lot.  Obviously, sometimes you don’t know where you want to go nine months in advance so in this case look around on the Internet and ask at the travel agents to see what deals they have going. Be prepared to…

Don’t let being at Uni stop you embracing the travel bug. Here are ten must-see, easy to get to places for you to visit before you leave. Snowdon. You are privileged to have one of the magnificent three peaks right on your doorstep, so don’t waste the opportunity. There are routes to suit all walkers –the Pyg Track is the shortest but the Miner’s is generally regarded as one of the easiest. Whichever route you choose, you’ll always be subjected to the magnificent views and crisp mountain air that makes Snowdon such a popular destination. To get there, take the 85…

Sometimes airports are the only view you get of a country, a snapshot of a place blurrily imprinted on the back of your eyes as you try to get some sleep in uncooperative airport chairs. It’s a maybe-space… a little bit of isolation-temporal and temporary, not quite as real as the world beyond airport security. You do odd things like: buy ten bottles of wine and a Toblerone bar at duty-free; fit yourself and an unfeasible amount of luggage into a toilet cubicle; worry cyclically whether you’ve brought enough pairs of underwear. Dubai is one of my favourite maybe-spaces. I’ve…

Hedd Thomas, Seren’s Sub-Editor for Music covers one city in particular, Wrocław where he has lived in the past year. He believes the hidden gem makes for the perfect city break and encourages every Bangor student to visit! Wroclaw is a favourite city for Poles but little visited by foreign travelers except for Germans, who often go to discover their family roots. Wroclaw, after all, was a German area for hundreds of years and called “Breslau”, but became part of Poland following the Second World War. A host city for UEFA Euro 2012 and the European Capital of Culture 2016, Wroclaw…

Studying Abroad on the Island of Martinique North Wales may have Snowdonia, but I am doubting students are being served shark and octopus in Bangor. Studying abroad for a semester in the Caribbean, new and unusual food has become the norm for my stay on the Island of Martinique. I spend my Monday afternoons surfing and body-boarding on the Atlantic Coast and Fridays wake-boarding and Kayaking in the Caribbean Sea. Yes, my university here includes surfing and kayaking as actual classes. Summer lives on here throughout the seasons, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t spend a…

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are amongst the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are…

There’s no way to write about Paris without sounding cliched. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, walks along the river… it’s all been said and done a million times. But strangely, it’s exactly these things that drew my housemates and I to Paris in the first place. The only time any of us had been to the French capital was on school trips, an environment that tries to open your mind, but in reality is kind of stifling. There are definitely good reasons for this (I can picture my old Head of Year’s horrified face at the idea of any of…

As another year comes to a close, a period of reflection begins. Be that remembering the first A you got, being put as the head of your club or society, or even just surviving the year, you all deserve a pat on the back. I can associate with the first years a lot, moving from home to somewhere completely new, not knowing anyone or what the general feeling of an area is. Those bonds forged through circumstance that grow and flourish into some of the best friendships you’ve had, coupled with those crazy stories that could only happen at university,…

Getting there: Edinburgh Direct train lines from Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and London King’s X. All train lines will call at both Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverly stations. Edinburgh Waverly is the further of the two by a matter of minutes. It is far more central and will exits onto the main area of Princes Street. The physiognomy of the Scottish capital is not only very beautiful but also highly atmospheric; the décor of the main street, Prince’s Street, is extremely ornate and baroque. The town clock, the gilded tops of buildings and statues would fit in perfectly in Vienna or…

The Austrian capital, Vienna -“Wien” in its target German language- has a City Airport Train (‘CAT’) service to take passengers from the airport and directly into central Vienna. A ‘CAT’ return ticket is cheap at €18 and valid for one month. Vienna is a city that changes in character as you traverse through it; some quarters are Florentine in ambience and architecture, others look extremely Eastern European, others remind tourists of Edinburgh or York and some, more modern, Viennese areas heavy in Victorian decor resemble London. Most of Vienna’s buildings are so beautiful they can be appreciated externally, such as…

by Emma & Micha At 17:30 on Friday 22rd March 2013, Micha and I set off from Bangor Students Union building on Jailbreak, with the hope of travelling the country for free. We had 30 hours to travel as far as possible away from Bangor with one catch, we weren’t allowed to spend any money. So, looking truly ridiculous dressed as two penguins, we hitched a lift with a friend in the direction of Manchester and set off on our journey. After a long and treacherous car journey through the snow, wind and rain, we were dropped off at Manchester…

Imagine arriving in a country with no money, nowhere to stay, no knowledge of the area or contacts and absolutely no knowledge of the language. That’s the position we found ourselves in a few weeks ago stood in Sofia Airport, Bulgaria. We decided to take on the Jailbreak Challenge organised by RAG where we had 30 hours to get as far away from Bangor as possible without spending any of our own money. This was in order to raise money for KidsCan; a charity that researches cures and treatments for cancer in children. We spent weeks fundraising in our Superwoman…

19th December 2009 and I’m stood in my bedroom digging out t-shirts and shorts from the bottom of the wardrobe to pack. Meanwhile outside, Christmas lights are twinkling on the front of the neighbour’s houses. Fast forward 48 hours and we’d arrived, warm air hitting my face as we stepped off the plane. Orlando International Airport, Florida. It was a world away from the freezing winter of the UK. The first few days were spent touring around the local theme parks and towns – Universal Studios, Epcot, and Seaworld. Although it was busy with other jetsetters, it was wicked. Particularly…

In the pre-Christian Nordic countries there was a custom to celebrate ‘the return of light’ around the winter solstice in December, which marked the beginning of longer days. Believe me, it’s truly something to celebrate about! In Finnish Christmas celebrations the Eve is significant. After proclaim- ing the Christmas peace around 1PM in the city of Turku the whole country literally quietens. The Christmas peace tradition began in the 13th century and it’s asking people to respect the Christmas spirit. The ceremony is televised and a follow-up to the children’s programmes enjoyed through the morning. My fondest Christmas tradition was the annual…

Most of us here at Seren can’t wait for Christmas, and I suspect it’s the same for most of our readers…but what does Christmas celebrations look like on the other side of the world? Join us for a peek into five different countries’ celebrations. Sweden Christmas in Sweden is celebrated on the 24th of December, not the 25th. On a typical Christmas day people would wake up, have a long breakfast together and give each other their stocking gifts, for children in particular – to occupy them while the adults are cooking and preparing. Most of the day is then…