So at 10:30am I’ll be graduating with a Master’s degree in Screenwriting. To start with, let me explain how much I really, really dislike mornings. I’m contemplating staying up all night to make sure I get there in time.
I’ve spent several years getting to this point: I studied Welsh and English at A level, then a Creative Writing degree, then a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design because, according to my CV, I wanted to ‘gain a more thorough understanding of the production process’. And now, finally, we’re here.
I was so excited to start my two-year course. All was going well – I was getting 60+% grades, which at Master’s level qualifies as a Merit.
…that is, until March, when I ended up in the nuthouse. Since March, I’ve felt like a deflated balloon. I just stopped caring. It’s been a couple of months since I received my results, which I still haven’t opened because I don’t want to face the guilt of dad spending lb4,500 on a degree that I barely managed to pass.
I had so many good ideas inside my head, but what came out on paper was half-arsed. I don’t feel like a master of anything.
I’m sad that I’ve let myself down. I’m nervous to see my lecturers because I let them down. I’m annoyed at myself because I was supposed to be more, but instead I’m only just making enough money to eat through my writing – forget rent, and the general cost of being alive. And I’ve had a bad week, which prompted me to scratch my arms and I don’t have a long sleeved dress to hide them.
I went to the pub with Dad, and tomorrow I know I’ll be okay, because I don’t have a choice. I’ll keep applying for jobs I might get rejected for, and keep writing about boilers and safe sex so I still have the right to call myself a freelance writer.
The one thing that comforts me is this blog. Right now I should be dying my hair, ironing my dress, finding unladdered tights, and maybe checking what grade I actually got for my degree. It reassures me that I’ll always be a writer, because all I’ve ever wanted to do is write. I’m guessing around 10 people will read this blog post, but that’s okay, because it will be out there in the universe, existing, regardless.
There are plenty of traditional Welsh gifts out there. Love spoons, slate coasters, salt… but to be honest, as a 24 year old female who isn’t a grandmother I wouldn’t be that impressed with a spoon, no matter HOW MUCH?!?!? it cost.
Instead, here’s my pick of Welsh-inspired Christmas gifts, which prove that Wales can be cool…right?
I once had a fictitious Facebook profile named Welsh Chick Issues. Then Welsh Girl Problems came along who was much funnier. I catch up with her posts on social media when I’m feeling 500vip彩票线路测试sick, and now she’s got some lush merch on offer. I actually bought the ‘Tywysoges’ jumper a couple of months back.
I am head over heels with this pendant! Alternative colours available, whilst alternative location for heart can be requested (Rhyl will be rejected). Anglesey shape also available. Buy .
Dwi ‘di mopio.
Translated to , the social media persona aims to re-tell our country’s history, picture by picture, word by word:
And now there’s a book, which I’ve already ordered Dad. And not just cos it costs a fiver.
‘Sgynai’m byd doniol i ychwanegu. ‘Sa well ni herio’r Saeson? ‘Sgwn i os ‘dyn nhw’n gwbod fod popty ping mond yn air i’w difyrru nhw, ag mai meicrodon yw’r gair cywir?
I met author Si^on back in 2012 at the in Swansea (shudder). After I read aloud my work he came over to tell me it was funny, so obviously I liked him immediately.
Si^on yn dysgu’r bychan sut i gyfarch Saeson
Si^on is himself a highly entertaining writer, unfortunately even more so than me, and I can’t wait to read this collection of essays, short stories, cartoons, poems, comics and a recipe for cawl. Nice one mun!
Toffoc is the ffocin one. Like having a big toffee-flavoured cwtch.
I visit Wales’s first chili shop in Beaumaris whenever I need a present for Dad. The owners are fab and customers are free to sample the huge range of products available, and conveniently there’s a shop situated across the road.
I like the Cheeky Girl, whereas the boyfriend prefers the Bad Boy. Reckon we’re a bit wrong for each other if you500vip彩票线路测试 ask me.
The chili marmalade is surprisingly moreish, and there’s even chili jewelry.
Fydd dy d^in di ar d^an.
Angan i’r fodan? Sorted.
I would say you500vip彩票线路测试’re more than welcome to buy me this for Christmas but to tell you500vip彩票线路测试 the truth I impulse bought it at the Electric Mountain gift shop in Llanberis several years ago. Tidy.
If you500vip彩票线路测试’re wondering what else I’m giving this Christmas, Mam’s getting this vaguely overpriced but had-to-have-it (lb15), whilst I bought soap containing world-renowned for the boyfriend’s mum (lb4.50 wrapped), in the hopes she’ll like me cos I’m exotic. And for Dad, an album by the true love of my life , partly so I can steal it.
Even if my suggestions are too ridiculous for you500vip彩票线路测试r tastes, I hope I’ve inspired you500vip彩票线路测试 to shop local.I’m a firm believer that unless you500vip彩票线路测试’re gonna put thought into presents, you500vip彩票线路测试 may as well not bother. I love searching independent shops for Christmas gifts, especially around Beaumaris and Betws y Coed.
Now that I spend most of my time in Liverpool, it can be lonely without anyone to speak Welsh and discuss sheep with. I personally would love any of these gifts to remind me of 500vip彩票线路测试.
Having grown up nearby on the Isle of Anglesey, Llanberis is my absolute favourite place in the world. When I have mates from Liverpool visiting, I always bring them to here.
Situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon, Llanberis boasts the highest point in Wales (obvs). At any given time the summit is chokkers with tourists, where they’ll admire this cracking view:
…unless it’s foggy and wet, in which case they’ll have wasted four hours.
You can catch a heritage steam train up for a hefty lb37, and I’m not being funny, but it’s a bit of a cop-out unless you500vip彩票线路测试’re old or disabled. However there’s no guarantees you500vip彩票线路测试’ll nab a seat even if you500vip彩票线路测试’re old, as this
Another little titbit: in 2011 a in gale force winds not once, but twice.
This Tweet from back in August gave me a right chuckle as well, after a :
Anyway, back to it.
I feel for all these tourists, because there’s so much more to Llanberis than a big rock. So, to make life easier for those of you500vip彩票线路测试 visiting Wales, I’ve compiled a selection of my favourite and vaguely alternative things to do in Llanberis.
My boyfriend had never been to Llanberis, so our recent visit began at legendary greasy spoon .
Pete’s is always packed full of travellers, all of whom look like they deserve a 2000 calorie breakfast. We, on the other hand, did not.
With our bellies full, it was time to do some exercise. Maybe.
Go on – show me an English high street with better views.
But first, we popped in to . It’s run by a lovely old Welsh couple who let us sample various alcoholic concoctions, fuelling us for our mission to the waterfall.
Having visited Llanberis countless times, I decided this was the day I would finally find the waterfall. I failed, again – even by following the ‘waterfall’ signs – and ended up walking along the train track instead (not advisable).
Down at the lake i.e. Llyn Padarn, you500vip彩票线路测试 can hire a row boat for about 6 quid, or take the around it. You can even get in the water for a , among other water sports.
If you500vip彩票线路测试 want to experience a mountain without having to actually climb one, you500vip彩票线路测试 can take a bus deep inside the , which my mum assures me is brilliant and cracking value at lb8.50 per adult.
There are plenty of things to do for free in Llanberis, too, my favourite being feeding the ducks.
Walking to the other side of the lake you500vip彩票线路测试’ll pass my favourite spot, Dolbadarn Castle. I camped and got steaming drunk here last summer, and it’s the best place to watch the sunset from.
Once you500vip彩票线路测试’ve hit the other side of the lake, there’s a cluster of attractions to keep you500vip彩票线路测试 occupied. The is actually better than it sounds, whilst the is also interesting, housing some of the original equipment from the 1800s (I like to play dead in the mortuary).
Another of my favourite spots is the, best visited at sunset when you500vip彩票线路测试 have the entire hidden lake to you500vip彩票线路测试rself. The water is so blue it looks like a tropical lagoon. It’s worth noting that although anyone is free to enter, this lake is bloody deep so don’t be doing anything stupid like jumping in (although cliff diving is popular).
Right next to the dive centre is this spot:
Climb right to the top of the tracks and you500vip彩票线路测试’ll find spectacular views from the Dinorwic Quarray and buildings and machinery from bygone days.
Though not to everyone’s taste, I’ve saved my favourite ’til last. Located up in another quarry on the outskirts of Llanberis, near the Siemens factory, is an abandoned WW2 bomb store. It took us three attempts to find the place, which involves crawling through fences and various downright dangerous misdemeanours. It’s one of my most beloved spots.
There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, including the interior, made possible be whoever keeps forcing the door open with an angle grinder (cheers). It isn’t for the faint-hearted: take torches, because you500vip彩票线路测试 won’t see a hand in front of you500vip彩票线路测试r face otherwise.
Of course, this adventure technically involves trespassing. However, local kids and urban explorers have been visiting for years. If you500vip彩票线路测试’d rather let someone else do the dirty work, you500vip彩票线路测试’ll find plenty of reports and photos .
I would recommend staying a couple of days in Llanberis, maybe at the hostel above Pete’s Eats or The Heights bunkhouse, which is a great spot to chill with a beer after a long day.
The main thing I would say is to explore. Ignore all the advice I’ve just given you500vip彩票线路测试 and do you500vip彩票线路测试r own thing. Follow you500vip彩票线路测试r nose, and you500vip彩票线路测试’ll find the lush picnicking spots Trip Advisor won’t tell you500vip彩票线路测试 about.
What are you500vip彩票线路测试r favourite things to do in Llanberis? Have I missed anything out? And most importantly, have you500vip彩票线路测试 found the secret lake? Let me know in the comment section!