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"Wales - The Other Kingdom - And An Identity Crisis" United Kingdom Things to Do Tip by scotlandscotour

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  Camping - West Wales, Summer 2003, Beach Llanbedr
by scotlandscotour

Wales was once a Kingdom, but never a fully fledged country. Certainly it's present administrative boundaries and extent of the Welsh language are inconsistent with the past, and out of sync.

Wales is treated by the English as a regional backwater, where the funny people and sheep live, the country fools, and rugby players. Its seen as different but not seperate. Its just an "odd region", where the road signs are in two languages, where place names are wierd and where there is a strong sense of history and "not being English". But it is the same country, with the same laws and money and so on. Its just poorer and more provincial. Its the place to holiday, but not really to live. Its the lesser relative, the one who is picked last for football, the one who gets kicked, bullied.

Yet Wales, for you the outsider, is very different, significant and an important component of the Union. It's status and relation to the Government in London may be very different from Scotland's but, never the less, Wales is special. So get aboard the special bus, go to Wales. It is a "must see"!

Remember too, Wales is better represented by the Northern National Park - Snowdonia (stronghold of the history, culture and Welsh language - home of mountain sheep, castles, beaches and steam trains with unpronounceable stations). So, you must see the North of Wales, not just a quick trip to Cardiff.

Did you know, the Welsh Flag (Dragon) and the 'capital' Cardiff, are modern creations from the 1960s. For the real history, you'll have to search much deeper.

See my Wales Page


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