I grew-up in Wales, my parents still live in the same house and when I speak to my siblings we always refer to it as ‘home’; even though we haven’t permanently lived there for years. Whenever I think of Wales or go back there it invokes happy childhood memories of having no responsibilities and playing football until dusk. All that changed when I moved to Bristol for University and then on to London to become a teacher. Although I haven’t lived in Wales since, I will always think of it as my childhood home and would recommend visiting.
There are many things to do in Wales; I’ve probably done most of them since meeting Amy as she would refuse to go unless I found her a castle or something else to visit (or unless we could find a dog to take with us!). We have many great walking/running/cycling routes nearby, with amazing views, so long as you don’t mind sometimes getting a bit wet or cold. Some of the beaches on the south and west coast like Tenby or New Quay are the best places to see in Wales; we have spent many a summer’s day jumping off the jetty, spotting dolphins and eating fish and chips. The problem is that Amy doesn’t see it quite the same way I do…
Amy’s view on Visiting Wales
When we first met, Amy somehow got the impression that my family back in Wales lived very much like the Celts used to. She liked the idea that I used to live in a deep valley cut-off from civilisation (the perfect place to hide out in the event of an apocalypse) and was very disappointed when she found that it only took 10 minutes to visit Carmarthen from ‘home’. What’s more, Amy prefers the hustle and bustle of city-life to the ‘slow’ pace of country living so she doesn’t just measure the distance from London to Wales in miles, but also in terms of way of life. Of course it doesn’t help that all she seems to see on her trips to Wales is rain – and lots of it. This really dampens (excuse the pun) her spirit and she isn’t quite so keen to get out and explore or even to cross the border at all. With all that said, here’s some of what we have seen in Wales: