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10 Very Real Struggles Every Non-Welsh Student Studying In Wales Has Faced

When you say “now in a minute”, do you mean now or in a minute?

1. Having to pay the pesky toll of £6.70 every time you cross the Severn Bridge to come back to uni.

Not to mention the frantic searching for your mum’s purse as you approach the barrier.

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2. Your Welsh flatmates referring to your taxi driver as ‘drive’ and chatting away to them all the way to the club.

Meanwhile you’re just sat there like:

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3. ‘Yur’ could mean ear, hear, here or year. Make your best guess.

The Welsh accent is confusing at the best of times, so you have to do a lot of polite nodding and ‘mmm’-ing when you have no clue what someone is actually saying to you.

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4. People doing things “now in a minute”.

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5. Equally as confusing: when something is described as being “by there”.

BY WHERE?

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6. Having to accept that things like this can and will happen:

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7. You cannot pronounce the name of ANYWHERE you want to go on a bus, train or in a taxi.

Even your sat-nav struggles with street names. To make it worse you know the bus driver is secretly willing you to get it completely wrong just for their own entertainment.

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8. The infamous Welsh weather.

Rain, rain and more rain. It’s definitely worth putting a pair of wellies and a waterproof coat on your Christmas list.

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9. Rugby days.

Rugby is BIG in Wales, making every pub horrendously busy on a match day. They can be lots of fun, but it’s probably a good idea not to mention the fact you’re English (especially if Wales are losing.) And whatever you do, don’t wear your England rugby shirt.

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10. And, of course, the biggest struggle of all: never wanting to leave.

Abundance of sheep and ridiculous lack of vowels aside, you’ve come to love Wales more than you ever thought you would.

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