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Aberystwyth Promenade in April

Arial photo of UK “A special place for special people.” Lle arbennig am bobl arbennig.
- J. Greenaway 2006

I live in Aberystwyth, a small university town on the west coast of Wales. And it is wonderful. You pronounce it “abba-WRIST-with”.

Something magical is to be seen here every day.  It possibly has the highest ratio of books to people of anywhere in the world - with the National Library of Wales and two university libraries, and a population under 20000.  But it is still the biggest place for about 50 miles around.  It isn’t, but might have been, twinned with Timbuktu in Mali.

I came as a student and for now I am staying here as a ‘grown-up’.  It is an end-of-the-line place (quite literally). A place of musty bookshops, Welsh-English bilingualism, chance encounters with friends, starlings, sunsets, tiny football stadia, coffee shops, little esoteric streets, students, tourists, hippies, wind, rain and love.

Everyone in the world seems to have a connection to Aberystwyth.  And they always love it.  If it takes six links to connect everyone in the world, it probably only takes three to somehow get to Aberystwyth.

Lots more over at Wikipedia.