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A Life Abroad

You got me begging you for mercy, Why wont you release me?

So we woke up today and ate our “Grab and Go” breakfast. We did have the option of a good hotel buffet breakfast, but unfortunately this only started at 9:45…well after our day was meant to begin. The first task for today was to walk up (or hike up) to the nearby Aberfalls which were about 40metres high – quite impressive for the UK.  We did have the option of sleeping in and eating our buffet breakfast, which WAS tempting, but in the end we decided it would be best to just ‘tourist’ the day.  We can relax when we are back in Oz.

Unfortunately the hike seemed a lot harder then the one up the Great Orme the day before (Nevil LIED :@ haha), but eventually we made it up to the top.  It did give us a lot of time to chat, meet a few other foriegners in the group, make fun of Andrew’s family business again as well as ‘traditions’ in each others countries that make us think each other are weird.  The falls were beautiful though. I am not sure how unique they are to the ones you see back in Australia but I am sure for the English landscape they were amazing.  Of course  a picture is below 😉

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After what seemed like a longer hike down we were then back on the bus and on to the most touristy destiniation possible! Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!  No I didn’t just smash the keyboard but that was actually the name of this ‘town’ (read as train station and tourist stop) making it the longest place name in English with 58 letters.  I didn’t even attempt to pronounce it, as I would just butcher it anyway, but we went, we saw, we took photos and we even learnt the meaning (“The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”).

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We were only in LlanfairPG (it’s short name) for about 15 minutes and we were then off to a lovely little town called Betws-y-coed.  Here we had a great pub meal (Cheeseburger, chips and salad for Simon), I had my first pint of true Welsh Beer (Yes it was warm, but also very nice…probably better than most of the other English beers I have tried here), discussed sport and all the other good things one should do on a Sunday (Although there  was no church haha).  We then walked through some of the touristy shops (one that was called “judges” and had a picture of a judge on the sign for NO REASON haha) and watched a local game of soccer.  It was good to see two Sunday park teams play in England and the skills weren’t brilliant but there was a level of touch that is harder to find in Australia.
Our last stop on the two was “Aled’s farm”.  On the way we were told the story of why the Welsh love their dragons by Nevil (Probably not the most interesting story, but he told it well!), but when we arrived we were all a little unsure what we were going to get.  I had been to sheep farms before in Australia before , but trust Nevil told us for 4 quid Aled (who is the current World Champion Sheepdog trialler) would give us a fun/educational show about sheep in Wales and then a demonstration with his sheepdogs.

Any apprehension was quickly put aside as it turned out to be a great show.  At first he brought 10 different breeds of sheep on to the stage, told us how they differed, what their best and worst assets were and generally described the sheep trade in Wales over the last 100 years.  What was particularly interesting was how although raising sheep was largley unprofitable in recent years the damage to the pound had changed all that in the last few months.  It was also funny as the sheep didn’t always do as planned, including one who proceeded to run around the room and in between us – the seated audience haha.

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We were then shown how with just a few whistles/voice commands, him and his border collie (Bill) could herd sheep with ease.  The obediance of the dog was truly amazing.  You could see why he was the world champion.  It was also interesting to hear that the reason it all works is that the dog has a ‘killer instinct’ for attacking sheep that he has trained into a herding instinct.  Also, it turns out they use his dogs in Norway on Reindeer farms as they are similar to sheep lol.

It was then a quite (and sleepy) bus ride back to Leeds, thanking Nevil for a great trip, a quick bite at Wagamama’s and then back to my “home away from home”.  These weekends away from Leeds are brilliant, but they are oh so tiring.  Next weekend though…we invade Edinburgh 😀

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March 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. Glad to see you getting out and making the most of being away! Busy man – and loving the same pose in EVERY photo too.

    Comment by Steve Androulakis | March 2, 2009 | Reply

    • LOL well at least I updated it from the overly smiling two thumbs up pose I used for like 2 years straight 😉

      Comment by casaboy69 | March 2, 2009 | Reply


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