How was your weekend? We have been abducted by Sitges Film Festival (9 films in 2 days) and thus I'm terribly behind everything else in my life. Oh good, I'll try to catch up as soon as I can because above all I miss my daily readings but also having a tidy home and a meal other than a sandwich (poor complains of a film festival addict). However no more film talking because today we will fly again to Welsh lands to keep sharing our travelling adventures.
On the 3rd day at South Wales we went to visit Saint Davids, a little town near the coast which is famous for its cathedral. A part from the obvious visit to the cathedral itself our plans were slightly different for this village. Since I discovered (thanks Pilar!) that one of the fun activities to do at the Pembrokeshire coast was renting a boat to one of the nearby virgin islands, I knew I had to find one rent shop next to one of the already planned stops.
Saint Davids was perfect to rent a boat, there were several companies, and one offered a good plan: a boat trip to Ramsey Island which included going through rock gorges and into deep sea caves, while (add here my excited voice) sightseeing porpoises (similar to dolphins), seals and birds.
The process of booking was not very clear because although I talked with them through email it seemed that the only way to actually confirm it was calling to an English phone that was unreachable from Spain (all my attempts were in vain). Therefore we weren't sure that we had indeed reserved our spaces in a boat but I was confident that there must be a free boat for that day. Luckily we ended reaching them from our hotel telephone and could confirm that we had our seats reserved, the only drawback was that the weather report was still uncertain; the only choice left was waiting until that same morning to check if the boats were sailing that day.
I think that by now you have already guessed that we ended up not going with the boat that day, right? An easy spolier. The answer that morning was a maybe, and we finally spent all day at Saint Davids visiting two more times the rent shop to check the weather report. On the last one they confirmed that the boat was actually sailing because another one was right now at the sea, and we went to the departure point to wait for our vessel (see picture below). When the boat with the former group (the first and what was going to be the last one of the day) arrived a kid started to mimic someone vomiting and immediately we knew that the journey had been rocky and that the captain would not risk another one.
Although the Ramsey journey looked amazing, safety is first so we completely agree with the final decision of the guys at Ramsey Island voyage. The bright side of all this "maybe later" issue was that we were able to spend all our downtimes at a local pub called The Bishops, that was like our second home by the end of the day.
Have you ever re-planned in the middle of your trip? How do you handle when things do not go as planned? I would love to read your stories!