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  • The one that got away...
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I bit off more than I could chew and the end of our trip didn’t go as planned. I was supposed to be spending our last night in Wales in the top room of the beautiful @rochcastle_pembrokeshire
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Instead I was sick in bed for two days having to call and cancel our trip and sob as I missed out a night in 1000 year old castle.
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I had to share this photo from @coolplacesuk to showcase this castle and share with you this incredible adventure that now has to wait for another day.
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Sometimes things don’t always go as planned and sometimes you have to press pause and regroup. And that’s okay. #truthintravel
  • My kids can’t truly comprehend why today is such an important day. They’ve lived a life free from experiencing war, and no real context to relate the images they see presented to them.
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This is exactly what Grandpa fought for. For my mom, for me, for them. Forever grateful. ❤️
  • #LestWeForget
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My grandfather moved from Pontypridd to Canada when he was five. Her served in WW2 as an airforce mechanic, and my grandmother as a nurse.
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Being back in the small town where he was from, honouring Remembrance Day is almost overwhelming. And I think that’s good, because we will never forget.
  • By far my most emotional adventure was to Big Pit Mines in South Wales.
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As we walked the hallways towards the mine we searched the walls at what looked like familiar faces, perhaps even finding a photo of my great grandfather.
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He left the mine almost 100 years ago with his 5 year old son and headed to Canada. Boys as young as 5 would start their mining career and it wasn’t a life he wanted for his son (my grandfather).
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Emotionally exhausting after seeing the conditions that these men worked in, and trying to comprehend the lifestyle and why they had to leave was overwhelming. Especially once we were down in the actual mine.
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More to come on this adventure...
  • Cue the cute little old lady walking by the pub...
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Does it get anymore Instagram perfect than this? But the story, now that's where the magic comes in! I was standing in the centre of a town called Pontypridd, the same town where 98 years ago my grandfather was born.
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I stood on the corner and took photos of three generations who had come back to see where their ancestors were from. A town that as a five-year-old he left (and never returned to) after his father didn't want him to have to work in the mine. (Children started at the mine as young as 5 years old.) A town that my Mom would long to come back and visit, and that I'd have the privilege of accompanying her on this trip.
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Little old lady, Instagram perfect pub, and a family behind the camera sharing once in a lifetime experiences.
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