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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
I has a certificate!
Yesterday I had a trip to Aberystwyth to the Lifelong Learning and Welsh for Adults awards ceremony where I was presented with my Tystysgrif Ganolradd mewn Cymraeg Ail Iaith: Defnyddio'r Gymraeg. (Intermediate Certificate in Welsh Second Language: The Use of Welsh). The ceremony was bigger than I expected and they even had a harpist! It took place on the university campus and afterwards I had a look in the arts centre and treated myself to a cute pair of socks and some little book marks.

Award ceremony & treats

I did manage to arrive exactly at 2.00 pm (the invite said there would be cake from 2.00 pm and the ceremony would start at 2.20). However, there were a few minutes when it looked touch and go because I found myself completely befuddled with no sign of the mysterious Medrus where the ceremony was being held.

A little context...

More then 40 years ago, I was a student on that campus. I lived there for 2 years and, at the time, knew every inch of the area where I was standing befuddled. Except since then, they have built a plethora of new buildings. Even more new buildings than the last time I was visiting occasionally for OU tutorials.

I had parked in the visitor's car park near the arts centre and (perhaps foolishly?) followed a sign that claimed it led to Medrus. Except, as is often the way with signs, having lured you to follow them, they peter out, leaving you lost. Anyway, I thought I'd start again at the bottom of the hill near the entrance to the old hall of residence I once inhabited and, after one false trail which just led me into a cafe, I found the right entrance and there it was, just up one flight of stairs from the foyer.

Current Mood: cheerful cheerful

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queenoftheskies From: queenoftheskies Date: October 22nd, 2016 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
How cool! Congratulations!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 22nd, 2016 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I do feel quite proud of myself actually. The exam day was quite hard, there were written papers and a listening test where you had to listen to a news item and answer questions and finally quite a long one-to-one chat with an examiner to test oral skills.
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: October 22nd, 2016 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! How romantic--and very Welsh--that there was a harpist!

How do the socks figure in? (I like them very much)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 22nd, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
The socks were simply my treat to myself after the ceremony had ended. A souvenir, if you like. There is an arts centre and gift shop on the same campus, so I had a look in there before driving home again.
From: cmcmck Date: October 22nd, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done you!

I love the socks! :o)
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: October 22nd, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool!
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