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Taking the Express Train to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery-chwyrndrobwyllllandysiliogogogoch

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On Sunday, I took the express train to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllandysiliogogogoch. And by that I mean that I took the No. 4 express subway train in NYC to the Financial District where a replica of the world’s longest village/train station sign is hanging out for the month of March in the British Memorial Garden at Hanover Square in honor of Wales Week.

Seeing the sign and learning that it translates to “St. Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio of the red cave” was a bit of a thrill, but I suspect that standing in front of the real thing is much more exciting. But it would also be a lot harder to get to since it’s on the island of Anglesey, which is connected to the Northwest corner of Wales by bridge. Anglesey is a five-hour drive or three-and-a-half-house train ride from London or a 99-minute fast ferry ride from Dublin, but I would guess that when you’re there you feel even more remote than that. I would love to go one day, but I will settle for just seeing the sign for now — at least until the weather warms up in Wales.

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