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Jul 26th 2011 2:45PM I was born in Aber, and currently live 30 miles from where I live. I'm going there tomorrow!
If you want a lot of sandy beach, you need to go to Borth or Ynyslas (towards Ynyslas end though, as the beach at Borth is currently having an artifical reef built, it is the only place in the UK that is built on shingle). Ynyslas has fantastic views over the Dyfi Estuary and to Aberdovey. Just 6 miiles up the coast, accessible by car, train or bus. Or you can walk there, along the cliff - via Constitution Hill.
You might want to check out Aberystwyth Arts Centre, for things on in the evenings - has listings online.
Food wise, try Ultracomida on Pier Street (cheese shop, has an eating area at the back). The Druid Inn, Goginan just outside has a good Sunday roast / good value. I also like the Olive Branch (depends if you like Greek food or not).
You might want to consider driving to Aberaeron, try the Harbour Master. Another place worth a visit is Machynlleth and outside is the Centre for Alternative Technology. If you take the mountain road from Machynlleth towards Llanidloes/Llyn Clywedog, on a clear day you will be treated to outstanding views (towards Snowdonia).
Further afield, you might think about Elan Valley near Rhayader (perhaps a trip on the way home, if you travelled by car). You might want to take the back road, and squeeze in Strata Florida - a former Cistercian abbey, and the churchyard next to it has a headstone/grave of someone's leg (the rest of him is buried in the US). There is also Devil's Bridge in this direction too, you may have come across it via the Vale of Rheidol Railway literature.
Jun 7th 2008 11:07AM Since I have family in the States (over 20 people, including my own sister), I've travelled there in less than 36 hours notice. What would happen if a family member died, or some other emergency ... have to postpone a trip due to paranoia by a government?
Secondly, my parents don't use the internet ... they are of a generation that's set in older ways. Why does the US government assume all travellers fit into a bracket that uses online space. They travel to the States frequently ... hmm?
This is not about genuine security but an assertion of power.