so having got back from moscow friday night and stuck my photos on flickr, i slept in saturday morning then went to wales with naz to be part of paul wainwright's stag weekend. the rest had gone friday night to brecon and did outdoor activities on saturday. we arrived 5.30pm at saturday night's hostel, which as you can see is a very beautiful place. when the others returned we went to a comedy club at cardiff bay, which turned out to be an hour and a half's drive away. one car had satnav which took us on the country route across the national park - the other car had human nav and took the A roads. satnav won by half an hour. after the club we had a curry at midnight [below], then the long drive back - this time everyone following the satnav route.
most people were supposed to be up at 8am to go paintballing, but they were too tired from the outdoor activities and overslept. me and matt had work-related reasons for tiredness so had opted out of the paintball anyway. when the others left [several hours late] we went to the reservoir, then to the village, walked along the canal and through the fields, and caught the start of the rugby [south africa vs fiji] in the village pub with a cup of tea. however, we knew the paintball centre was an hour's drive away near cardiff so we couldn't stay for lunch - there would be a barbecue there so the plan was to meet the others at the end of their game, eat, and go home. by the time we got there the food had finished, so when we finally tore ourselves away there was nothing for it but to eat at the next motorway services [who had mostly run out of food]. after seeing people's paintball injuries i was glad i didn't bother - paul got a nasty neck wound that needed a dressing. but he said he didn't mind. got home 9ish after dropping people off at paul's on the way.
certainly wouldn't mind going back to that part of the country - i'd never been before - matt found another good place to stay between the pub and the canal, so something may be arranged.