Okay, so we all have wishes and hopes and dreams, right? Well here are some of mine. "3 Random Reasons Why I REALLY Want To Go To..." is a segment on The Drifters Blog wherein I share with you one of the many places I have always wanted to explore and 3 reasons why I feel a trip there is warranted. Next up: Wales
My introduction to Welsh culture started in Panama of all places, in the island archipelago of Bocas Del Toro, where I met a globe drifting surfer kid. He spoke to me about the unique culture that is found in his homeland of Wales, a small country to the west of England and a part of the United Kingdom.
Ever since I heard his stories of growing up in the countryside and speaking Welsh, one of the oldest of Celtic languages still spoken today, I have always wanted to go there. I can think of a ton of reasons why going there would be great, but here are just 3 random reasons why:
#1 Cardiff is One Cool Capital City!
From what I've read about the Welsh capital city of Cardiff, it is the largest city in Wales and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. I did some research and learned that, although the origins of this city dates as far back as 53 when a Roman settlement was first established there, it wasn't until relatively recent years, in 1905, that Cardiff was officially declared a city.
Apparently, Cardiff has it's own castle, which is a major tourist attraction, as well as other interesting architectural features worth visiting, such as the City Hall and Cardiff Crown Court.
When looking for accommodations, it's pretty simple to find a hotel in the heart of the city, as most of the places to stay can be found on or around St. Mary Street, or on one of the smaller streets that come off of it.
#2 The "Wales Coast Path" Shows Off Another Unique Side of the Country
I was surprised to discover that there are more than 870 miles of rugged coastline to be explored along the shores of Wales, and it's all organized under the "Wales Coast Path". You can visit it on a quick day trip, or on a trek as many as 80 days long.
Along the way there are quiet picnic spots, historical sites, Roman ruins, towns and villages, bustling cities, vast harbors and golden sand beaches.
Sounds like enough to keep even the most active of us globe drifters busy!
#3 The Town With the Longest Place Name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Is There
Although the town name in the title seems to have only 20 letters in it, the actual name of the town, as you can see in the picture above, is 58 characters long! Not only is it the longest recognized town name in all of Europe, but it is also one of the longest place names in the world.
A name this long should clearly have a meaning, below is a general translation of the meaning behind the name:
And there it is, just 3 random reasons why I REALLY want to go to Wales!
Of course, this is just one of the many places that are on my hot list of places I've got to see at least once, so please keep following along to see where else on my travel map has been pinned for future drifter exploration!
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...