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... Trip to Belfast is almost a year ago. I remember what an old man said in one of the pubs we've visit. "You must know love, Belfast gives you a lot to think about."
Phill Collins sang about Belfast: "That's just the way it is, there's nothing I can do." I think it's partly true. You can't forget the old wounds, but hopefully one day they will only become scars and eventually just stories in history books like the Beeldenstorm of my own Dutch history.
... from me. Hahaha. The return back to the bus was not so happy go lucky. Let's just say that Erik Menegay would be shaking his head in shame. The walk is very much uphill and strenuous and by the time we were done I thought my legs would give out. I was panting like dog on a hot day and my face was red as a tomato. Good lord it's hard work being chubby!! After we got back and chatted a little more with our PW friends, AJ took myself and a couple peeps down to an area ...
... to the St Paddy's day parade and did a bit of sight seeing.
Monday was St Paddy's day so we spent the day at the hostel having a few drinks and then in the evening went down to the local pub where there was live music and lots of dancing. It was a really fun day and we made some really good friends in the hostel staff and the people that were staying there.
Tuesday we headed home to London, it was really sad to leave such an amazing ...
Lesson of the day: When moving to a new city, don't just follow your friends around as they navigate their way through the foreign streets and windy roads. Make sure you figure out how to get around as well. This may seem straight forward to most people, but not to me! I came from the small town of Midland where the streets are numbered as First, Second, Third, Fourth Street, etc going one way, ...
... tour from past Purdue exchange students-- basically the drivers take you around to all the historical sites significant to the Troubles. I'm not going into the history, other than to say it was extremely interesting and really paints a good picture of the religious basis for fighting between Irish unionists and republicans.
As I write this I have exactly two more weeks to this internship, which I'm mildly happy about, mostly because I really am looking ...