It’s been five days and I am thrilled to be acclimating to the city of Cardiff and patiently awaiting the start of classes and life as a postgraduate student.
On my first day, only hours after disembarking a propeller plane from Dublin, the taxi driver who brought me to Tesco tried to teach me a few words of Welsh:
Good morning: Bore ad
Good evening: Noswaith da
Thank you: Diolch i chi
So far as I’ve encountered them the Welsh are a truly friendly, helpful, and cheerful people, which brings me to the subject of this post: cheer(s). No matter what situation you’re in, receiving change from a teller, standing to the side for bicycle, holding a door, bumping into someone in a cross walk, “Cheers” is the appropriate response. Some say it in addition to thank you, and it’s even an option when someone sneezes!
So, for now…Cheers! Whatever that means.