I’ve lived in South Wales for over 5 years, but there are still some things I don’t understand. I’m from North Wales, and of course there’s a bit of rivalry between us from the North and the locals of South Wales. Today I’m going to tell you what still confuses me as a Northerner living in South Wales. Disclaimer: I absolutely love living in South Wales and this post is just for fun.
Where you to? Are you baaaaad? I do be going to the hairdressers tomorrow
These are just some local phrases which still puzzle me. There have been some embarrassing moments when I’ve had to say to someone, “I’m sorry but I don’t understand what that means”, even though we’re both speaking English.
Asking me which service station is my favourite en route to North Wales
When I say that I’m going to visit my parents in North Wales, a question I’m often asked is where I stop on the journey, and do I have a favourite services. Contrary to popular belief, there are no services on the road to North Wales, in fact there’s no motorway. There’s only the A470, an often twisty, single carriageway that requires a pre-packed lunch as refreshment and the toilet is a field.
Thinking North Wales is two hours away from Cardiff
Similarly to the above, North Wales is a lot further away from South Wales than you think. It takes me five hours to drive from one end of Wales to the other, a fact which always produces gasps!
Pronouncing Welsh place names incorrectly
Unsurprisingly, South Wales is full of places and streets with Welsh names. However, I’ve been caught out many a time by someone giving me a place name, then I try to Google it as I heard it and can’t find the place at all… Turns out it’s spelled completely differently to how I heard it! Also, I’ve learnt the hard way that it’s really not the done thing to say ‘Llandaf’ instead of ‘Landaff’ if I don’t want to be a social pariah.
Asking me if I’m Spanish or Italian
It must be to do with my name, but I’ve been asked many times if I’m European. Would I be this pale if I was?! Nope, I’m Welsh like you.
Rugby V Football
When I was growing up, it felt like football was the big sporting obsession and not many people were interested in rugby. How different it is in South Wales! Everything in Cardiff comes grinding to a halt on rugby match days, but when Wales plays football, a lot of people don’t even bother to watch. When I have told anyone that I prefer football to rugby, they look at me as though I’m an alien!
Can you relate to any of these?
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