Friday, May 14, 2010

Belfast For the Day

Ok first off I really don’t know where to start; so much happened today I don’t think I can even write it all without writing a small research paper. Well I guess for starters I woke up at 5:30 which I never like doing to the sounds of Daft Punk, which I didn’t mind. Anyway it was our day to go to Belfast and I was just so excited to see Northern Ireland for the first time and quite possibly the last time. We had to get to the train station for a 7:30 train ride that would take about 2 hours to get to Belfast and you could tell that everyone was so tired, pretty much everyone fell asleep on the train which was kind of funny. The ride was long but we finally got there and it was such a relief because it was time to explore the city.
At first we were told that we were going to take black cab tours through the city and that was the way we were going to see it but it ended up everyone just getting on a tour bus which was nice. We started just driving around the city and the tour guide was just telling us about the areas that we were in pretty much just learning about the fighting behind the Protestants and the Catholics. It was cool to because the tour guide was a local so he took us to all these great places that only a local would know. He took us to the place called freedom corner where there was just a bunch of memorials on the sides of buildings about the fighting and they were just so interesting and cool, and I got lots of pictures of them so don’t worry mom.
The next place we stopped off was the Northern Assembly Parliament which I had no idea that we were going to in the first place but it was a nice surprised. The building itself is absolutely huge for state building standards in my opinion. We got to go inside for a couple of minutes which was cool but we could only go in the main room which was a bummer but it was whatever.
The next stop we ended up at was Belfast Castle which was so nice and pink for some reason, at least the gutters were which was even weirder. We only had a limited time to go out of the bus and look around but I think there was just enough time to take some nice pictures. There was a garden that was cat themed so I just went around looking for all the cats that were spread through out it. I found 6 but I think there was 7 or so. Well either way it was a nice little stop.
The next stop to tell you the truth was kind of a disappointment, which was the last thing I expected from this place. We went to where the Titanic was made and I was really pumped to see all the buildings and stuff. The thing that happened next I did not see coming. We went to get food for everyone and it took about an hour for everyone to get there food and by this time it was time to get back on the bus and leave the site. Everyone was pretty bummed about it but its whatever. Hopefully we’ll have more time at the site where it actually set sail down south, so here’s hoping.
After this we just went around the city looking at more and more land marks that were all around the city, all of them really cool, some cooler then others, like the leaning clock tower of Belfast. The same guy that helped out with the leaning tower of Pisa helped stop this clock tower from falling over, fun fact. We drove around some more and saw some more paintings on buildings which were good for pictures.
After driving around for about and hour or so we finally went to the Belfast Telegraph which was our only lecture for the day which was nice because I just wanted to have fun in Belfast. It was pretty much for the print major’s but it was really cool to hear about what kind of things they write about and what they used to write about (mostly the fighting that went on).
After the news place we went out for dinner, and I most say it was about time because I don’t know about anyone else but I was so hungry. We went to the place called the morning star, and boy was it a good place. I thought we were just going to get some small meal, but oh no I was wrong. We got a decent sized 3 course meal, I got the liver pate for starters, the fish and chips for my entrée and pavlova for dessert. It was so good and I was so full by the time we got out of there, and this was the time when we had to head back to the train station.

We made it back to the train station and made our journey back to Dublin. It was a very good day and im glad im hear with the people im with.

Until tomorrow….Cheers

1 comment:

  1. Have to say, which you already know, I'm a little disappointed you liked Northern Ireland lol. It can't compare to the TRUE Ireland haha, but it sounds like you had a great time and I really cant wait to see your photos!