Legendary land - Wales

Wales, where the final round of the 2008 World Rally Championship was held, is a country that forms part of the United Kingdom, bordering England to the East of Wales, and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to the West. Wales has a distinctive culture including its own language, customs, holidays and music. In Wales, the Welsh and English languages are treated equally. You can find street signs written in both languages, though English is spoken by almost all people in Wales. If you are interested in the Welsh language, maybe you should go to the Northern and Western Wales, where Welsh has been spoken as a first language by the majority of the population.

As Wales is mainly covered by wild forest and known for natural landscape featuring lakes, hills and coasts, about 20% of its land being designated as three National Parks. There are so many legends that have their origin in the Welsh forests, for example, the famous King Arthur's romantic stories.

The red dragon, part of the national flag design, is a popular Welsh symbol. The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written in the beginning of the ninth century, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. This myth is likely to have originated from Merlin's vision of a Red Dragon, a metaphor for the Native Britons, battling with a White dragon that symbolises the Saxon Invaders. Nowadays you can often see red dragons being used by many indigenous public and private institutions in Wales.


As Cardiff locates facing the sea, like most areas in the UK, the weather is uncertain and unpredictable. Fortunately, we didn't have heavy rain during the rally this year. A beautiful rainbow in the cloudy sky lit up our hearts. However, Wales was still gripped by cold weather and we had to protect ourselves against the frost with a lot of heavy clothes.


The temperature dropped to below zero in the morning and evening. The ground and roofs of the cars were white with frost! We had to wipe frost flakes off the groundsheets every morning.

During our service, we had several cute guests. The yellow clothes looked really nice on children.


 

 

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