Thursday, May 31, 2012

MLG's in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, with the Hay Festival just getting underway ...

We're still here in Hay-on-Wye with the Hay Festival officially getting underway today. In addition to spending our days walking around town, talking with the locals, and preparing scrumptious evening meals back at our campsite, Mufidah and I have also been looking for temporary festival work as a way to help fund our travels (read on for additional details).

Immediately below is the view from our campsite which is just 1.5 miles outside of town. Although we've been the only campers on-site the past few days, lots of folk are expected to arrive today and tomorrow. In preparation, we've moved our tent from its original pitch to an adjacent field as the campsite was officially booked for the festival before our arrival. But James, the campsite owner-manager, told us we could pitch our tent in the field just behind his barn. So first thing this morning, post-morning porridge, we plucked out our stakes and carried the tent, fully erected, into its new location which has an even better view out across the Wye river valley and the Black Mountains. Below is a photo I took with my iPhone a couple days ago.

Here's another picture I took yesterday of Mufidah sitting along the River Wye, where we brewed up our Bialetti using our new camp stove. For today's elevenses we brewed up while sitting on a bench behind the Hay-on-Wye library, where we presently sit working on our respective blog posts.

Speaking of which, O2 has virtually no coverage in this area, so for anyone (locally or otherwise) who might be trying to get 'hold of us, the best bet is to: 1) send us an email, 2) text us (07971 774151), or 3) call and leave a detailed voice mail message. There are a couple places in town where we've got access to free wifi, and we've just today found a spot up near the castle where we can get a signal bar or two to show up with some degree of confidence. So please do persevere, and we'll be sure to get in touch as soon thereafter as possible. Thank you!

We've also managed over the past couple days to find some work while here. We both have a shift at The Granary Restaurant & Café, pictured below, on Saturday, and hopefully we'll continue to get shifts there over the course of the festival. And we have a couple other possibilities in the works, one at a brand-new restaurant which opened just today, and another working in the Festival food court. Fingers crossed.

So, that's all for now. Thank you, as always, for keeping an eye on Mufidah's and my goings-on, and please feel free to leave comments below if you have anything you'd like to share.

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