You should watch this.
A look at what happened after Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) was filmed in the Romanian village of Glod. It follows the life of one girl who longs to escape the poverty as foreign lawyers arrive with the promise of suing 20th Century Fox for millions of dollars.
You don't need to see Borat to appreciate this.
Here is the Old Market Hall in Llanidloes. Currently it is a museum of British timber buildings (because it is a timber building). Llanidloes is basically the best place in the world. We had some extra time there, so we were able to walk around a little and look at things.
Here's what Mike Salter has to say about this Llanidloes:
It has always been a quirky independent place. There were Chartist riots here in 1839. Local hippies, of which there are many, have started up an annual green fair.
I love the phrase "Local hippies, of which there are many." Classic Mike Salter.read more »
There were a few sections where we walked along the remains of an old stone fence, usually with a newer wire fence next to it.
The pub in Llanbrynmair. There was an entertaining local lady in that night for her dinner, who barked out a sentence in unpracticed-sounding Welsh. Everyone in the pub froze for a moment and the barmaid maintained a look of stony blankness when I looked at her to get some sort of clue as to what was going on. The moment passed and then the lady proceeded to orate for more than an hour on many subjects, including her new grandchild, her cousin's wedding, her diet, her purse up on the bar next to her drink.read more »
Hiking Glyndwr's Way is like getting a crash course in sheep industry infrastructure. Everywhere there were sheep, and everywhere there was sheep equipment of some kind or other.
Sometimes the one service a village might provide is a public telephone.read more »
Last month Cristy and I hiked Glyndwr's Way in Wales! 135 miles of sheep pastures, hills, bogs, valleys, pretty villages and lovely market towns. We walked it over 10 days. Here are some photographs!
We got there by flying to Dublin, taking a ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead and then taking a train from there to the trailhead in Welshpool. Most people walk Glyndwr's Way in the reverse direction (from Knighton to Welshpool), but we didn't know this when we made our travel arrangements.
The trailhead in Weshpool!read more »
The ladies are Georgian. The song is "Zecas Shakheneo Aparekav" by Aluda Qetelauri.
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