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Being somewhat skeptical of hotel breakfasts, we were immensely surprised and overjoyed to find our hotel "Full Irish Breakfast" includes REAL bacon (after so many months in the USA where their idea of bacon is a wafer-thin strip of fat with patches of pink stuff - crispy and delicious as it is), freshly poached eggs (not the pre-mixed packet stuff we endure in the USA if we eat out ...
... like a shrine. Rather creepy. Apparently these people identify super strongly with the royals to show their beliefs and you could see that with the adoring portraits painted everywhere.
The area between Shankill Road and Falls Road is blocked by two sets of massive iron gates that close every night until 6am. It's mental that this sort of thing is still a thing. Normal looking city, then bam, a giant metal fence with barbed wire that looks out of a warzone divides the ...
... of development. I arrived here yesterday evening, and have been loving every minute.
My journey began yesterday at lunchtime, when I left Durham by train to Newcastle. After a quick transfer to the Newcastle Metro, I was at the airport. Newcastle airport is quite small, just a bit smaller than Ottawa airport. What it lacks in size it makes up in duty-free. I was amazed by the amount of duty free shops that they packed into the tiny airport. Alas, I lacked two ...
... the staff joined us as well. We went to a pub called Filthy McNastys, it was good craic.
The next morning we woke up a little worse for wear but headed to Giants Causeway which is on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. It was a freezing day and I forgot to grab my jacket as we left the hostel so had to purchase a woollen poncho when we got there. Giants Causeway is absolutely beautiful. It is named as the fourth greatest natural ...
... hangings took place here as well. Prisoners spent most of their time in the cold or dark, and they lived in very poor conditions. For me, It was quite striking to see the names of the prisoners carved in the old brick walls or to see the small cells where they were kept. The person in charge of our guided tour inside the prison stopped several times in certain halls or rooms where he would tell us about the living ...
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