My Country Wales
November 17, 2006 7:53pm CST
I live in Wales which is a part of the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom used to be an Empire controling nearly 2/3rds of the world but even before the Empire came into being Wales was overrun and conquered by the "Normans" and then controlled by the English through centuries... Of course we had the Romans even before that but at least they were civilized and taught us a lot (Even if we forgot most that they taught lol). Now after centuries of exploitation by our English Overlards (I do not include present day England in this) which grew less and less towards the mid 20th century we are at last almost free to make our own decisions and laws. Our country has lost most of the dirty and heavy industry that once blighted out southern and northern coasts & valleys... Wales is now a Green & Pleasant land with mountains, valleys lakes and shores that would make many a country envious. I invite you all to visit us and say Croeso i Cymru to all that enter our magical land of poetry and song. But before you come why not tell me about your country.
18 Nov 06
Sutmae :-) I live in Llanelli near Swansea and am Ashamed (Honestly) to have to say that I do not speak my mother (Or more to the point "Father") tongue. I was born in Swansea but was taken to my mothers country at just 6 mths so my first language was German. was brought back at age 4 but at age 14 went back to Germany. On my marriage I returned to Wales with my wife and have been here ever since. Due to work and other things I never got around to studying my own language though I do understand some. Where are you situated?
• United States
18 Nov 06
Well, I am from the US, and have lived here all of my life, which is over 40 yrs. now. I currently am living in Western WA, and we have a lot of Beautiful mountains all around. We have lots of Green everywhere, with lots of Rain and little snow. I Love it here, and great place for anyone to come visit.
• United States
18 Nov 06
Well, I have always wanted to visit your fair country! I live in the US & on the Eastern Coast, in New Jersey. I live in teh NW corner of the state, MUCH nicer that what you see if you land at Newark International! I can see the Delaware Water Gap from my back yard, & It is lovely. From up here, it is how you get into Pennsylvania, thru the Gap! There is hiking & biking & lots of trees & trails & hills & lovely scenery around where I live! Hope to see you when I come to your country!
15 Feb 07
I admire Wales and the Welsh. Now I'm English, and I often find the Welsh come over as VERY PATRIOTIC INDEED! Which is cool! Occasionally this patriotism can be a bit in your face and a bit arrogant, but I admire the country. I think it's great that, after anglicisation grew, Wales still stood strong, and the language exists today. Though I haven't visited properly yet (we went through on the car, but I haven't put my foot on Welsh soil yet!), I would love to visit. I've heard it's a beautiful country, and I'd like to hear Welsh spoken fluently too. Some people associate a kind of negative stigma with the Welsh language - why speak Welsh when the whole of the UK is up for English? Fair play to you I say - I think it's great that you've held on. It's good, in a way, that Welsh isn't spoken worldwide (is it spoken in Argentina though?! I read that on Wikipedia!), as it gives the nation a sense of privacy. Welsh folk music and language - interesting I think - must investigate this further. I think there celtic song, Irish especially comes to mind, is beautiful. Shame for the English - why aren't we a Celtic nation? Boohoo... Morris dancing for us! Interesting topic jonny - I don't know goodbye yet (is it Pere da or similar?).