Mixed results. Success in Caernarfon. I went into Palas Print and said that I was looking for books for learners. A kind lady showed me the right shelves and pointed out stories and textbooks. I bought four storybooks. Then I went to Caffi Maes and asked for tea and cake. I said something wrong about the cake because I had to point, but I got what I wanted.
I so nearly didn't get the chance. I was on a coach outing with other pensioners from England. The plan was to catch the train at Porthmadog, arrive at Caernarfon at about 1pm and get back on the coach at 3pm. The train ride of course was wonderful and we reached Beddgelert Station on time. There we stopped. They told us that a works train had broken down further up the line and our engine had to go and rescue it. Then they had to send a diesel up from Porthmadog to tow the works train back to base. That would allow the passenger train from Caernarfon to come into the station so that we could both continue. All very interesting, though we had to stay on the station and not wander off into the town. It took nearly two hours, but the train staff were great, keeping us informed, giving us a free cup of coffee, and coping with far more orders of food than expected. We reached Caernarfon at 3pm, but all was not lost. The coach driver met us and said that we would leave at 4pm. Hooray. An hour to explore.
Not so good in Aberystwyth. I went in Siop y Pethe to buy some birthday cards, but I completely lost it and was unable to get a word out apart from a final Thank you.
Then there was the "free day". I took the (big) train to Porthmadog and walked down to the harbour. I was sitting in the cafe when an elderly gentleman asked if he could join me. We were having a conversation (in English) about various subjects, when I thought that I really must try Welsh. I therefore told him (in Welsh) that I was learning. He was delighted to hear it, but a brief oral examination exposed my limitations so he switched back mostly to English, but threw in the odd phrase in Welsh, ended every sentence with " 'te" and asked me the meaning of assorted place names. He offered to take me to see the Lloyd George museum at Llanystumdwy, but I said that I had to catch my train. A fun day.