In honour of St David's Day, I thought I'd share with you what it's like to be Welsh and study at an English University. My hometown is Cardiff and I study at the University of Exeter, known for its middle-class, private-schooled, home county population, so it can't really get more typically "English" than that!
- You'll be greeted when you return home with "you sound posh".
- Don't even get me started on the sheep-shagger jokes.
- They'll go crazy when you tell them "microwave" is "popty-ping" in Welsh.
- Chances are, you have a far higher alcohol tolerance than them.
- They'll literally show the football in pubs instead of the rugby.
- They'll ask you to say "that long train station name".
- "Have you met Tom Jones?" No. Have you met the Queen?
- They'll only know Cardiff and "that place where Gavin & Stacey was filmed".
- You'll be more patriotic on St David's Day than you were in reception.
- You'll instantly befriend all fellow Welshies you come across. Unless they're from the Valleys.
- Yes, I can speak Welsh. No, I will not say anything in Welsh for you.
- You didn't study any on the same things at A-level, because all your subjects were on WJEC.
- You have to stay very, very quiet during Wales V England in the Six Nations.
- Uttering the words "lush" or "cwtch" will bring you unwanted attention at pre drinks.
- You can't avoid being obnoxious when Wales beat England at something.
- "Wales isn't a country, it's a principality". F**k off.
- If you tell a guy on a night out that you're Welsh, you get a certain kind of look back...
- You won't be able to buy Welsh cakes anywhere. Not even on St David's Day.
- We are not English.
- Dinner is lunch and tea is dinner and that's that.
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