My Welsh Waterstones Tour: Stop 8 - Cardiff
It's a big bookshop - over 60,00 titles so a lot to organise. I had a good little spot by the door...
It is a little humiliating when I think of it, standing there asking people if they'd listen to me tell them about my book, but then I enjoy talking to people and telling them about Patagonia, and sometimes (and this is the best bit of all) they tell me their own stories. In Wales it seems that most people know someone who comes from there or has been out there - and once, in Cardiff, one person I stopped turned out a to be one of the British Council teachers and she'd been over there herself for a year.
On balance I have enjoyed this tour. I saw Welsh towns I'd never been to before, taken trains through wonderful countryside, but the best thing has been meeting people - the Waterstones customers and the Waterstones staff - many of whom have been so helpful and enthusiastic.