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Day Two in Wales: Tourists or Travelers

Posted by Shakeisha Gray '14

March 11, 2014

Category: Student Blogs


Some of us students had a discussion today on the differences between being a tourist and being a traveler.  Today, we were definitely travelers.  The experiences we had were definitely not ones tourists could get.  In the morning we drove to Aberdaron and met with Welsh writer, poet, and educator, Christine Evans.  She read poems by the well-known Welsh poet R.S. Thomas in the church where he served as a minister before his retirement.  We then drove to the cliffs which looked out over the Irish Sea onto the Island of Bardsey, where Ms. Evans read more poetry by R.S. Thomas, including some of her own.  (More info about Bardsey can be found here and info on R.S. Thomas here).

I had the most fantastic conversation with Ms. Evans.  We exchanged email addresses and she signed a copy of her book for me, which was a privilege considering it was her only copy.

After our morning spent with Ms. Evans we drove to Plas Glen y Weddw, an old manor house that is now an art gallery.  They are currently having an exhibit that has artwork inspired by the work of R.S. Thomas.  Today was kind of a slow day to allow us to recover some from our jet-lag.

                       
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Tea at a café in Aberdaron.

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Sally Baker (l) introducing Christine Evans ® at St. Hywyn’s Church in Aberdaron.

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Catawba students, along with Dr. Fuller, listening to Christine Evans read poetry on the cliffs.

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Christine Evans on the cliffs near Aberdaron looking out over to the Island of Bardsey (seen in the distance).