Travel to Wales: A Conversation with Austin Tullier
Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where do you live? What made you decide to travel to Wales?
I work retail in Athens, Georgia and write a novel in my spare time. I went to Wales because I love the history and while it’s not talked about much as a country, it’s really fascinating and the language is very intriguing and complex. I love linguistics so that appealed to me in addition to all the fascinating historical sights.
How long did you go for? How did you spend your time?
I was only in Wales for about three days as part of a tour and I spent my time exploring the little towns where we stopped along the way. Just getting a feel for the area by going into shops and walking the parks. It was a bit rainy so I didn’t get to roam as much as I would have liked.
What were your most memorable experiences? What were the biggest disappointments?
I found crossing back to England on the Severn Bridge very interesting. Our tour guide filled us in with a lot of interesting facts both about the bridge and about Welsh history and other Welsh trivia. I was saddened by how urban the areas we went were. After what I had pictured in my mind of Wales I was expecting a rolling Irish looking countryside and not quite so populated a country.
What do you wish you knew before you went?
How unusual the Welsh language is, pronouncing city names from the signs was something of an embarrassment. When there is a street called Llewellyn things get really interesting.
Any favorite restaurants/hotels/hostels/
sites you’d like to recommend? Tell us what made them great!
The hotel I stayed at was a simple modest Best Western so I don’t have a lot to say about the hotels. As for restaurants due to being on a budget I made my survival off of pre-made deli sandwiches and pizza so unfortunately I didn’t get to sample the cuisine much. The sites were mainly confined to what I could see from my window on the bus and the stops in towns. Other than the Severn Bridge I don’t recall an exact site that I visited, it was mainly just soaking in the atmosphere of the place by interacting with the locals and asking them questions about their charming country.
Is there anything that women specifically should know before they travel to your destination?
Be prepared for endearments in a casual manner. A shopkeeper may address you as love or sweetheart and not be trying to flirt with you. The people in Wales and the UK in general were very genial and friendly and so what might in a different place or culture be considered forward or flirtatious is just them being refreshingly sweet and genuine. So take it with a grain of salt if you don’t like endearments tossed at you by people you just met, they’re just being friendly and not trying to make you feel uncomfortable in any way.