Mick

Where are you originally from?​
Wales, UK

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Friendly, cwtchy, and with music in their souls.

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
10

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Cowin’ lush (meaning really nice/delicious)

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Shwmae / diolch / os gwelwch yn dda/ sori

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Laid back I think!

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
My favourite is definitely cockles and laverbread: little shellfish that are fried in breadcrumbs, and black seaweed served hot. Often served with thick-cut bacon, and with vinegar on the cockles. Mmmm 🙂
We also have faggots, which sound gross if I told you what they’re made of haha, but are absolutely delicious, and are served with mushy peas and gravy.

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Cwrw (welsh for beer). We have some fantastic Welsh breweries, with bitters being the specialty. You also have to try Penderyn madeira whiskey.

How is breakfast served in your country?
The best breakfast is cockles and laverbread, but it’s more of a luxury than an everyday breakfast.

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
The lost cove festival in West Wales is fantastic – within walking distance of the beach, it’s a mix of amazing music and part vibes, and chilling out on the beach with a bonfire.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Rugby! Come on Waaaales!

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Wales has the world’s fastest zipline! Get strapped in lying on your front and tear down the old slate quarries of North Wales!

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Visit Pembrokeshire and walk the coastal path, or go caving in an old slate mine in north wales in a place called Go Below.

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Don’t say that Wales is England!! You’ll not be welcome here for long haha.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Portmeirion is a village built by a famous artist, and is just very surreal and a bit bizarre!

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Pontnedd Fechan is an unspoilt area with multiple beautiful waterfalls, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty near the Brecon Beacons.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
We are very lucky in that there is a beautiful coastline surrounding Wales on three sides, so take your pick! The Gower is near Swansea, then you have the whole of the Pembrokeshire coast, or Anglesey island in the north!

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Cardiff is the best to use as a base, as you can then easily get to the coast, the mountains, and world famous bike trails in the Neath Valley. There are also castles, a white water centre, and some lovely arcades to wander through in the city.

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Cowin’ Lush! 😀

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
5 – make sure you hit the coastline for a few days as well as exploring the cities!

When is the best time to visit?
Spring or Autumn are usually the nicest. For some reason it often rains a ton during summer, and winters are flipping’ freezing!

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country?
We have the longest place name for the tiniest village with nothing really in it apart from the train station boasting the name sign – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
That we love singing, and have an unhealthy love for sheep! I’m not going to elaborate on that one but take my word for it that it’s not true haha!

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
I am absolutely a traveller, and my heart well and truly lies in Vietnam! I’ve written a number of posts on it, and I’m sure there are more to come!

What’s your best travel story?
My best story so far is having been flown half way around the world on a private Boeing jet to go and work for the king of a country (I’m not going to let slip who!) in a beautiful ski resort in Japan for the winter! Definitely a work win!

Why do you love traveling?
The sense of adventure, freedom and excitement you get from exploring a new country is unrivalled. There are so many different things to see and places to visit, and I wish I could afford to go see them all!!

ABOUT MICK

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