What is Wales?

What is Wales?

You’re watching Vagabrothers. We’re in Wales, and this is the world’s fastest Zipline. Let’s go. 3-2-1 We are going to switch to Go Pro, and we’re going to get in the ocean. Let’s go. What’s up Vagabuddies? And welcome back. This is the first episode in a five-part series about one of the most fascinating corners of the United Kingdom, Wales. We’re here with Visit Britain, and for the next week we’re going to be exploring what makes Wales so unique… from its ancient culture and languages, to legendary castles, the myths of King Arthur, and of course, doing what we do best….finding great restaurants, drinking good beer, and exploring amazing places. You guys ready? Let’s do it. Alright, guys. Welcome to Wales. We just got here, and I’m super stoked for the next week because Wales is the one part of the U.K. that we really haven’t explored that much. We’ve been to England; we’ve been to Scotland, but this the final puzzle piece. Also, you guys have been asking for us to make a Wales series. So…….. you asked; we’re answering. We’re super excited. We’ve been doing a little bit of research, but honestly, we don’t know too much about Wales. We know they have an ancient culture and an ancient language that is not related to English. We’ve also heard them compared to the the Basques….of the U.K. because they are very distinct from their neighbors, and that’s what’s really fascinating to us. We don’t know where to start, so we started off by coming here on Saint David’s Day, which is the national day of Wales, and we’re in St. Davids; he’s the patron saint of this nation. St David was a saint who was born here 1500 years ago in this area, and today’s the anniversary of his death. You can say that St Patrick is to Ireland as St David is to Wales. He’s also associated with some Welsh symbols like the leek and the daffodil, right here. So hopefully, we’ll go see some of the ceremonies and learn a bit more about what it means to be Welsh. We’re walking down the Pembrokeshire Coast. This is one of the most famous walking areas of the U.K. There’re beautiful, coastal pathways throughout here, and this walk, I believe, is in honor of the pilgrimage of St David because it’s a holy site. Back in the day, they said the two pilgrimages here were worth one to Rome. Two for one deal. Rome is more holy and farther away, but this place is beautiful and had special significance in medieval England and Wales. All right guys. We just got to Saint Non’s Chapel, and it looks like there is a religious ceremony going down here. There’re some people dressed up, and looks like everybody is reciting stuff. We’ll be quiet and respectful, but we’ll try to capture it for you guys. We just rolled up on all these people in the middle of the ceremony. Perfect timing. Perfect timing. In the name of Christ. Amen. Now everyone’s walking back into town. The bishop is at the front of the procession, and everyone’s got these daffodils in their lapels. Daffodils are in full bloom right now. It’s a symbol of Wales, along with the leek, which St David supposedly ate when he was fasting and the dragon, which is on the Welsh flag. The Welsh flag, which has the dragon on it, is actually the Tudor family flag. The Tudors went on to become kings and queens of England. For a national festival, this has to be one of the quietest, most mellow festivals I have ever been to. Definitely different from the United States. Not like the 4th of July. Not like the 4th of July at all. Now we’re heading back into town. Everyone is singing traditional songs. We’re going to this rock where apparently at noon, once a year, the sun shines through the rock. It’s aligned perfectly for this day, but that means we have to have some sun. That was super interesting. I think that was cool to see St David Day on St David’s….. you mean.. I mean…it was cool to see St David on St David’s Day. Definitely. Not a huge ceremony, but definitely a rare one and a really unique experience. Even though that was a religious ceremony, it was one that was imbued with lots of national pride. And I think that that was really a nice way to ease into Wales and to get our bearings. Now that we do have our bearings, we’re going to ratchet it up. It’s time to get into the ocean, and we’re going to do it in the most dramatic way possible….. jumping off of cliffs. You ready? Let’s do it. Let’s go. All right guys. We have just arrived to TYF Adventures and they’re going to take us coasteering. It just started to rain. What better way to get wet than by jumping in the Atlantic Ocean, which is a warm and inviting 7 degrees celsius right now. My name is John Bayrom. I’m head of Adventure at TYF and we’re going to go out coasteering. It all started here 30 years ago at St Davids. When the surf was flat, you’d have to find something to do, so guys would just go along and find some amazing areas of the coastline. You’d scramble along, find something to jump off. We came up with the idea..oh that’s fantastic, and turned it into a commercial activity. We may look like Monty Python, but we are not. Well maybe we are in spirit. We are here on the edge of the coast, and what is going to happen right now? We’re going to head just five minute’s walk over there, and we’re going to do some scrambling along the rocks, find some waves to play in and do some jumps. This is the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. It’s 186 miles long. It’s beautiful. This place is famous for walking paths. You can consider what we’re doing….. walking with a bit more of an extreme edge to it. We just got out of the ocean, and we’re going to warm up with a pint because here in the U.K., the pints are room temperature, so it should be a nice drink to have right now. Every time we travel to the U.K., I always love the first pint. it’s like… the first pint is the greatest. Little Cat Stevens remix there? Here’s to a great trip, Brother. May we have an awesome trip through Wales, starting off with a Welsh ale. Some people have commented that we are at our best in the British Isles. I think that’s because we feel very comfortable here. We have Irish, Scottish, English ancestry. We don’t think that we are Welsh. What I like about this place is that it feels a nice balance of familiar and foreign. It’s British, but it’s a part of Britain we’ve never been to. We know that this is a country with huge heritage, tons to discover, and this is only the first day. I say, “Cheers.” Cheers, Wales. “Lechyd da.” “Lechyd da.” All right guys, if you enjoyed that video, you know what to do: give it a thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and subscribe and turn on notifications if you have not already. Stay tuned for the rest of the series. Tomorrow we are going to explore the history and heritage of Wales, so stay tuned and in the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you on the road. Peace.

100 thoughts on “What is Wales?

  1. The red dragon on the Welsh flag is not the Tudor flag. The red dragon is from an ancient banner of Cadwaladr ap Cadwallon who was a king of Gwynedd from c.655 to 682 AD. It is an ancient symbol derived from the Roman draco when a Sarmatian cohort was stationed in Cumbria (ancient Briton lands related to later Welsh). These same cohorts Iuniors Honorius with the Senior Honorious were in ancient Poitevin region (Today's Poitou, France). The Tudor banner/flag borrowed the red dragon as symbolic homage to Tudor ancestry to ancient Gwynedd in Anglesey. The green and white on the Welsh flag is derived from a Tudor banner. Send money. Not thanks. Google Play credits and Bitcoin accepted. Thank you.

  2. I went to all these places, and loved it so much. My video is nowhere near as good as yours so I really enjoyed reliving my trip through you.

  3. the leek is a national symbol because st david told welsh warriors to wear it to identify each other while fighting the saxons and has been used as a cap badge by welsh regiments ever since.
    also, the dragon was adopted by the tudor family it didn't originate with them… it's been the battle standard of the welsh since celtic times.

  4. We are Doing the Zip line this summer ! so excited now ! Amazing vlogs about the British Isles chaps ! We don't always get the Sunshine but you have done an amazing job of showing off the landscapes o're here. Loving this channel ! peace

  5. Great video on Wales guys! I'm based on the Welsh boarder or the Midlands. Come visit Shropshire and Midlands I'll show you about the shire! As Tolkien referred to it.

  6. I’m in the south! And we always celebrate st Davies day and we have a half-term/1 week to do are welsh homework

  7. It's so amazing how people come from different places and coming to Wales- My country. Cymru am byth! Cymraeg am byth! ❤

  8. I'm from ''BARGOED'' A former mining town in the Caerphilly county borough of the South Wales valleys. Notable people. Actress Doris Hare was born there, she played ''Mum'' in ''On the Buses''. Doctor Who was filmed very close to Bargoed, a story called ''The Green Death'' , the one with the maggots. The Hollywood actor Luke Evans was brought up nearby in the village of Aberbargoed. Google Bargoed, I'm very proud of its history !!

  9. I hope you visited my Island ?.Ynys Mon.Don't worry,there are two bridges-you won't have to swim.I think it's the most beautiful place on earth And very temperate.

  10. You managed to find what must be the most passive spot in our country for Gwyl Ddewi (St David's Day)!! That is not typical. Most of the rest of the country is rocking on March 1st.

  11. It's nice to see Wales represented here 🙂 It's a shame it started with Pembroke though, there's not much real Welsh culture or deep Welsh accents there, it's known as little England beyond Wales, I shouldn't have been surprised to not hear any Welsh in the religious service, that would be unheard of where I live. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series brings 🙂

  12. I’m actually so sad I didn’t see the series when it came out but I’m so glad you came to my home country!!! yn falch o fod yn Gymraeg

  13. Two things you should include are Go to a Rugby Union Match at the Millennium stadium when Wales are playing. A great weekend in Cardiff, also visit the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum inside Caernafon Castle in North west Wales.

  14. Hey, just wanted to drop a comment to say we love you guys (especially this episode as we are from Wales!) . We've started our own series, covering all the best dog walks in Wales on our quest to make our country a healthier and happier place to live, because let's face it, Wales is stunning! We're aspiring to be like you guys one day! We just launched our Kickstarter Campaign yesterday too, let's get this real! If you have any wise words of wisdom, we'd be forever grateful! Hope you're both having the most amazing day! (here's our project if you fancied a look http://kck.st/2NTiPH4)

  15. I’m welsh and I love this country, so much famous stuff and people come from wales, the legend of King Arthur, Tom Jones and much more, our country side is great for walks and nature walks, so much beautiful stuff, Cardiff is a very touristy place as well, CYMRU AM BYTH!!!!!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

  16. Who were this idiots you found? Nothing to do with our culture, looked very much like Church of England weirdos. The Welsh are much more interesting, pagan in our roots, the ancient hosts of Britain. Wales is modern thinking, but poor due to bias central government in London.

  17. I live in Wales we have welsh language we have poppy day we have 11 million sheep and 3 million people 641 castles I am proud of my country boreda dwin bwy un cymru every welsh person is proud to be welsh

  18. Do you know St Patrick was Welsh kidnapped by Irish pirates and they know the town he came from but they don't like to admit it,,,wtf lol

  19. Ahhhh we're not 'british'!!!! That's really hurt!!!!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

  20. cool video as usual but I'm pretty sure Wales isn't on the Atlantic ocean?

    Físeán maith mar is gnáth ach táim measartha cinnte nach bhfuil an Breatain beag ar an muir Atlantach?

  21. helo dwi'n byw yng Nghymru Rwy'n gobeithio eich bod yn ei hoffi adael tebyg os ydych chi'n ei hoffi os nad ydych chi'n hoffi natur im trist

  22. I’m of strong welsh heritage but I was born and raised in Texas USA I can’t wait to go to my homeland I feel like as soon as I land in Wales I will feel at peace. I’ll just lay in the grass in the mountains and be totally at peace. Long live wales

  23. Why are they signing traditional songs in English? Wouldn’t they be in Welsh? Cymraeg am byth!!! ❤️❤️

  24. My family immigrated to the USA from Wales in 1841. Unfortunately we have no more ties or existing family we know of that lives today.

  25. A country you bloody dounut. We got sheep and water. Old coal mines some real odd people like um ivor and Dai and Jones the milk. He's the coalman. We got Trevor wellies cause he's always in his slippers. FFS. LOVE FROM GOD'S COUNTRY WALES 🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑

  26. You find the god delusion everywhere but it’s especially sad when it’s in countries with intelligent people.

  27. Have you both visited the 'slaughtered lamb' pub? you both look familiar, stay off the moors lads!, seriously great video and as someone from north wales thank you for the thumbs up for the welsh nation👍

  28. The Welsh Dragon wasnt adopted from the Tudors. It goes much further back. The dragon has been associated with Walesfor a long time, but its origins and why it is on the flag are unclear. The oldest recorded use of the dragon to signify Wales, goes way back to the Historia Brittonum, written by the historian Nennius around 820.
    Earliest mentions in language start even earlier in the sixth century with the Welsh word “draig.” But rather than dragon, it refers to a strong leader. Poets would often talk about a draig who would free the Welsh people from English oppression, and so the word seems to suggest fierce warrior or a symbol of the strength of the Welsh people.
    Even before that, in the fifth century, the Welsh Kings of Aberffraw are said to have used the dragon to symbolize their might after the Romans withdrew from Britain.
    In the 12th century, Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote in Historia Regum Britanniae that the dragon has connections to the legends of Arthur (who was Welsh). The name of Uther Pendragon, who was Arthur’s father, means Dragon Head. Geoffrey also mentions the prophecy of Myrddin (or Merlin) which predicts an enduring struggle between a red dragon and a white dragon, i.e., the fight between the Welsh and the English.

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