Things Welsh people do when they leave Wales...
Claire’s just come back from her holiday to Florida, she noticed some things the Welsh do when they leave Wales…
Have a Welsh flag towel for the beach.
If you don’t have a Welsh flag something you own will have the Welsh flag on it …
Don’t forget a flag to share your patriotism and mark your territory (like on the balcony of your hotel.)
You will spend a long time explaining to people outside of the UK where exactly Wales is. "Isn't that in England???" NO!
Get involved in nationalistically competitive sing-offs with a group of locals.
Compare foreign landmarks to Welsh equivalents – “Oh that lighthouse is just like Mumbles!”
Identify yourself through association with a well-known Welsh sports star – “Yeah I’m from where Gareth Bale’s from!”
Become a walking, singing cliché while belting out Catatonia, Delilah, Sosban Fach, Calon Lan and the Stereophonics. You also believe you’re of a choir standard and start a national anthem sing off at every (drunken) opportunity.
Check the weather at home. Religiously. More than the forecast of where you are in fact.
**Jumps up and down celebrating**
Bump into someone from the same place as you.
This is Claire's friend Steph who she bumped into while walking around Disney Springs in Florida.
You will see Wales, Swans, Ospreys and Scarlets tops – no matter where you are.
Watch rugby at weird times of day (thank you rugby world cup and Lions tour) which also means you drink at weird times of day too.
Develop a sudden inability to live without foods you never normally eat – “I think I’m going to die if I don’t have a Welsh cake or some laver bread.”
Discover you’ve got a mutual friend with any Welsh person you meet anywhere.
Sustain a conversation with a stranger for up to half an hour just by virtue of being from the same country. Maybe even meet up again a few days later!
Cringe slightly when you find someone being *too* Welsh
But end up talking to them anyway
Constantly affirm that you’re not English…
Share every Facebook post possible about how lush it is where you actually come from
Get excited if you find a pub selling Brains (or Tiny Rebel, or Butty Bach or Tomos Watkin)
Then finding yourself comparing the differences between Wales Today and other local news
You try out the local radio stations... they're never quite right ;o)
Find new and inventive ways of conveying what and where Wales actually is
"It's the belly of England."