University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sheep Tour of North Wales

Wales may be known as a small country, but that does not mean that they have a shortage of sheep-not that I am complaining. As many Wisconsinites are used to vast farm fields and cows, the equivalent of this in Wales are sheep, farmland, hills, and mountains. Some of my family came to visit me, so for one of our activities we decided to drive to Caernarfon Castle in North Wales. The scenic drive through the countryside, Brecon Beacons, and Snowdonia National Park lasted about five hours, but the view was worth the long drive. Among the landscape were sheep, sheep, and more sheep! Not only were there sheep, but also lambs! As the mountain ranges grew taller, the grazing sheep started to look like little patches of snow, or pieces of fluff scattered across them. I’m not sure if it was because my family was here or if some of the drive reminded me of Wisconsin, but at this point in the semester I felt homesick. As the days came closer to my family flying back home, I almost wanted to join them if I could have. It was not because I was not enjoying my time here, but I have never been away from my family for three months before. I’ve also traveled the last three weeks to Ireland, Italy, and the UK, so my homesickness could stem from that. However, once I returned to my dorm, it surprisingly had a sense of home too. Today is our first day back from Easter Break, final papers and exams are looming, and I get to see my friends again, so at the moment I’m not thinking about how homesick I am, but rather about enjoying the short time I have left here.

A few sheep among many more
Lambs!
Part of the Snowdonia National Park
Trefeglyws- just outside of the Brecon Beacons
Steak and Ale Pie- a popular menu item of the UK
More hills/mountains- the sheep are hard to see in the photo, but they are scattered everywhere!
Caernarfon Castle
Sea view of Caernarfon Castle
Town view of Caernarfon Castle
Sunset on the coast of West Wales