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14 Welsh Flavored Things To Do At Home While In Quarantine


While you’re at home and can’t travel to Wales, here are 14 Welsh flavored things you can do to help you feel like you’re there, or get you excited about going there.

14 Welsh Flavored Things To Do At Home While In Quarantine

by Lisa Zaslow

2 weeks ago


1. Make some Welsh comfort food.

Welsh food is comforting and yummy. Try some Welsh Rarebit, Cawl, and Welsh Cakes while you’re home.

2. Watch a Welsh movie.

These movies were either made by Welsh filmmakers or set in Wales:

How Green Was My Valley 

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

Pride

Hedd Wyn

The Edge of Love

 

3. Dance to a Welsh rock band.

You might not know that some of your favorite bands are Welsh. Check out the Stereophonics, Badfinger, and Super Furry Animals to get started.

Stereophonics

Badfinger

Super Furry Animals

 

4. Drink a Welsh cider.

You might think all cider comes from Somerset or some other place in England. But some very fine, award-winning ciders are made in Wales. Here are just a few of them: Gwynt Y Ddraig, Old Monty Cider, Hallet’s Real Cider, and Apple Country Cider.

 

5. Read something from a Welsh author.

One of the most famous writers/poets from Wales is Dylan Thomas, but there are other astonishing writers from Wales: Bertrand Russell: “The Problems of Philosophy”; Roald Dahl, “Matilda”, “The Witches”, “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”; Dick Francis, “Bone Crack”; Bernice Rubens, “The Elected Member”; Ken Follett, “Fall Of Giants”; Owen Sheers, “Resistance”; and Cynan Jones, “The Dig”.

 

6. Listen to Welsh men’s choir.

The male choral tradition dates back only 100 years and is inextricably linked with the coal and steel industries of Wales, drinking pints in pubs and rugby.

The Treorchy Male Choir and Tom Jones

Rhos Male Voice Choir | Music From the Welsh Mines 1957

 

7. Download 'Duolingo' and teach yourself Welsh. You can also sign up for 'Say Something in Welsh'.

You can find out more about Duolingo here. And about Say Something in Welsh here.

8. And then get a Welsh penpal so you can practice your Welsh.

You can find a Welsh Pen Pal at My Language Exchange.

 

9. Watch a Welsh TV show.

Some of the best crime dramas are Welsh. Check out these: Hinterland, Requiem, and Keeping Faith. You can find these either on Netflix, Acorn TV, or Amazon Prime.

Hinterland

Requiem

Keeping Faith

 

10. Bake some Welsh 'bara'.

Baking Banana Bread seems to be a favorite of people that are self-isolating, so, instead of Banana Bread, try this Welsh favorite, Bara Birth.

 

11. Carve a Welsh love spoon.

 

12. Visit Wales virtually from anywhere in your house.

Wales | Three Years in Three Minutes

 

St. Fagan's National History Museum

The North Wales Way

Huw Stephen’s 24 Hours in Cardiff

13. Enroll in Virtual Hogwarts Classes

You might not consider Harry Potter to be Welsh, but there are Welsh connections to Harry Potter that you might not have known existed. While you are self-isolating, why not enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? You can take part in courses like Astronomy, Charms, Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts, History of Magic, Potions, and Transfiguration. The courses aren’t just for fun, each course comes with an in-depth syllabus, lesson plans, and even homework. You can sign up for Virtual Hogwarts Classes.

 

14. Listen to a Welsh podcast.

Smart Welsh People with Dr. Dean Burnett podcast

The Welsh Rugby podcast

Learn Welsh podcast

Welsh History podcast

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