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Wales Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary from Wales

Wales Diary
Wales Diary
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2020-01-17T16:40:53+05:30

As a quintessential Bombay ‘belle’, I should have been singing “I want more than just a provincial life” at the top of my frustrated voice by the end of my first week in a quaint little town in West Wales, called Lampeter. But to my surprise, I’m neither mis­sing the two-hour-long commutes nor the trickle of unrelenting sweat down my back. Perhaps it has to do with finding contentment in a large enough library to not miss the big city’s beastly charms. Sure, I miss the sun, and my friends and dear God, I miss Swiggy, but there are many stories here for those who have patient ears...

Once Upon An Afon

Lampeter is situated in the Teifi valley, with the Cambrian mountains flanking it on one side and the Cardigan Bay coast on the other.  The Afon Teifi or the river Teifi runs alongside and sometimes rig­ht through it, making it achingly picturesque. The Teifi is a prehistoric river and flows right through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (where I am currently studying), making the campus rather idyllic. The Teifi valley, among other parts of Wales, has been coveted by the English and the Welsh, with constant battles over ownership in the late Ancient and early Medieval periods.

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