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1. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

I was reading through my Lonely Planet guide to South America when on the Argentina section i notice a place called Trevelin.
I couldnt believe it when i read keep your ears pricked for locals speaking Welsh.
Im just curious as to whether anyone has ever been around this area and how popular the Welsh language is.
Its just one language i never EVER expected to be spoken especially in South America,especially as its being spoken less and less in Wales.
And it also says theres Welsh villages in Patagonia.
I may well be welcomed with open arms seeings as i have a welsh name

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Reece,

You might be interested in this book - its written by a welsh travel writer called Bruce Chatwin called "In Patagonia" and it´s all about him tracing the welsh´s migration to Argentina and Chile (in the 1800s I think).

It´s a bit of a quirky read though. I found it tough going in some spots.

;)

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I didn't go there, but did see a TV show on the Welsh village of Gaiman.

I did see many people of German decent when I was down in Patagonia. They spoke Spanish, though. A little weird being in South America and seeing blonde haired, blue eyes speaking Spanish.

Greg

4. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Thanks for that Eve i will look out for that book.

Yeah that is abit strange Greg

The book also says that a place called Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh settlers in 1886.
Im going to have to check this place out i think to see what its really like.

5. Posted by argie22 (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y

yep, that's MY beautiful country...***jumps around with pride*** you can also find german, italian, portuguese and french speaking people too.

6. Posted by XGustaX (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Unlike what many in the US think South America is a much more diverse place then even the United States. Yes I have been to Argentina and especially in Rawson and Puerto Madryn there are many Welish speakers. I hope this helps.

Gustavo

7. Posted by XGustaX (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

I didn't go there, but did see a TV show on the Welsh village of Gaiman.

I did see many people of German decent when I was down in Patagonia. They spoke Spanish, though. A little weird being in South America and seeing blonde haired, blue eyes speaking Spanish.

Greg

That is such an American thing to think. That just because someone is from South America they can't have Blonde hair and blue eyes again as I said before The region is very diverse so to say that shows stupiditity of where you are even at.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

It's not stupidity, XGustaX, it's ignorance. In North America, we get very little news or information on South America, and it is often pictured as being one big jungle. If North Americans aren't taught about South America, how can we be expected to know what a diverse place it is. Obviously now that I have been there, I know differently, but I really don't appreciate you calling me stupid. You don't even know me, and insulting me is entirely uncalled for.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Ironically, no one who's posted in this thread is even American. Now, if one would like to talk about ignorance...

10. Posted by XGustaX (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Ironically, no one who's posted in this thread is even American. Now, if one would like to talk about ignorance...

Canadians have almost the same views as Americans , dude to the American influence, which is what i meant, when it comes to the World. You guys are not have views like us Europeans I can tell you that.