Welsh Word of The Week


siwrnai – journey

Yes, this word has clear English (and French, and Latin…) roots. There’s also the word taith for ‘journey’ as well as ‘trip’; but on Wednesday when I was talking about how long our journey up to North Wales had taken us, it was the word siwrnai I used (or siwrne in dialect, to be precise). The roughly four hour siwrnai way up north was the longest bus journey I’d taken in about five years, and it was quite the experience! It was also the first time I’d been to north Wales for about 15 years, apart from passing through on the train a few times, going to/from university. We saw some beautiful sceneries, especially up and down the hills of Powys, among the pine trees – to an extent it reminded me of the times I went up to the Trentino province of Italy, way up in the north-east towards the border with Austria. As long and tiring as the siwrnai was, it was beautiful to see so much of my home country again.


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