Wales – Rugby Dragons & Myths

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

When you drive into the centre of Cardiff you know immediately that this place is different to England and proud to be so. This is evident by the fact that the road signs are in Welsh which seem to be a language like no other. If you can find a vowel in any word you will be lucky! (Fortunately for us, the signs were in English as well.)

With the temperature dropping and winds picking up this was going to be an interesting place to explore. Then when you find out that Wales and Scotland are playing in a game that will determine which side plays off for a spot in the championship game of the Six Nations Tournament, you really find out what a passionate rugby mad people the Welsh are.

The game was in Scotland and with advice from our hotel staff we went into the city to find a hotel for a meal and maybe watch the game. After going to something like ten hotels (all of which were packed to the rafters with fanatics ready to celebrate a Wales victory) we found a small hotel where we could get a table. To the joy of the locals Wales won and now fight out the championship against the English.

We loved the self deprecating humour of the Welsh as it is very similar to Australians and their delight in beating England is the equal to us. Cardiff has a great castle, just metres from the main streets of the city which is well worth a visit. Unfortunately Steve forgot to charge the camera so we missed out on some great picture opportunities.

On the way home from our dinner on the last night down at the waterfront, Del had to put her first aid skills to the test when a lady fell off the footpath smashing her head onto the road. While she was falling in and out of consciousness Del tried to comfort her and keep her calm while some other passersby called an ambulance. Blood was all over the place as she was seriously injured. Unfortunately her girlfriends arrived and started to scream and carry on at the sight of their blood soaked friend. Del had managed to calm her down before this so Steve stepped into the screaming hoards and told them all to shut up (with a few other stronger words) and get out of the way.  In the end the police arrived and once we told them what had happened they said to leave it to them which we did.

The next day was a lovely drive through the Welsh country side to the seaside town of Aberystwyth - if anybody can pronounce this they win a prize! The temperature continued to plummet until we had snow actually falling when we walked along the beach. Now that was a first!!!

Aberystwyth is a University town which has a vibrant community and is a favourite spot for holiday makers from Wales. Hotels of different pastel colours stand ringing the bay that looks out over the Irish Sea.

Our next stop was Holyhead - our departure point on a ferry to Dublin and Ireland. It is also somewhere near where Prince William and Kate stay when William is stationed with his army unit. They have known to be spotted shopping at Tesco in the city with the locals but unfortunately we did not spot them.

Probably all for the best, because if you remember, we had stopped in earlier in the trip to see the Pope and now he had resigned and we had also climbed Mt Etna in Sicily which started to erupt after we left. It might have been a good omen that Will and  Kate were not in town.

Next stop Ireland.....Yahoo.
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