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Wales is not a country

Posted by daveb on April 14th, 2008

Wales is not a country…Here in Morocco, I’m often asked what country I’m from. When I say ‘Wales’ all I get in return is a puzzled look. So I try in French, ‘Pays de Galles’. Ne comprend pas. Then in Spanish, ‘Galles’. Nada.

Last night, the shopkeeper couldn’t get it either. I remembered that I bought a little diary whilst in Spain and that it had a few pages of world maps in it. Gleefully, I produced the diary to prove my heritage to the shopkeeper.

And guess what? Only Reino Unido–the United Kingdom–was featured, having a capital of London. According to my Spanish diary, and the people of Morroco, Wales is not a country.

Using the same benchmark, Scotland is not a country either. And Scottish towns above Dundee are not considered important enough to even feature on my map.

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Comment from Sista
Time: April 15, 2008, 4:56 pm

Wavey,

You will find it helps (internationally) if you say in addition ‘Lady Dee, Princess of Wales’. In my experience it’s a universal language which everyone understands, even if they are no clearer on where the country actually is!

Speak soon boyo?
xxx

Comment from screwbiedooo
Time: April 13, 2012, 11:13 pm

What bubble do you live in? Why on earth does it surprise you that Wales is not a country (and hasn’t been since the 16th century). Big clue should have been when you read your passport before boarding the plane to go to Morocco. It may have said something like: British Passport, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There is your country: UK. Same goes for Scotland. Presuming you had an education, *scratches head*

Comment from Andrzej
Time: December 22, 2015, 4:28 pm

Old FartI was surprised to see that you had Tiger staiyng here this weekend . I thought we agreed that anytime I booked room 4 I would pay for exclusive use of the pile so that there was no chance of being rumbled . Things are just settling down with Col and the last thing I need is Tiger letting her know that I was down in Slagheap with a couple of slappers for the weekend . And , heres the real problem , I hate competition and I reckon Tiger could be even more of a draw for the birds than me what with being single and rich . I mean Col only gives me 2 grand pocket money for the weekend . Whats a poor footballer supposed to do ?If you must have Tiger here can you stick him up in the east wing or something and hide my Bently somewhere CheersWayne

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