I went on an excursion with my Medieval History class this past weekend to Wales. When we were at the Caernarfon Castle in Northern Wales, a little girl ran up to me and two other students and asked if we were American. I said yes and she begged us to wait there for a minute. When she came back she had her two siblings with her. Her brother asked, "You're American?! Real Americans?!" We laughed, and I replied that yes, we were real Americans. After a few minutes of talking to the kids we parted ways, but it made me realize that although there were a large amount of tourists in the area, none were American.
I started considering why there were not more Americans around and I realized that before this class I had never heard of Edward I and all the castles he had built in his conquest of Wales. The sites we saw were the most beautiful landscapes I had ever seen, and castles that were absolutely amazing. We saw a total of five castles on our excursion, and I just don't understand why they are not bigger tourists destinations. I am not sure if there is a nearby airport, but to me these castles were hidden treasures almost. Do you think the media is involved in our travel choices? I definitely think so after this weekend. Travel magazines and commercials almost agenda set for certain places. We always here about Paris, Cancun, and the Bahamas,but what about all the other places? I am glad Dr. Archer took me somewhere I would have otherwise never been incited to go because of lack of knowledge and media coverage.