The Old Inn Crawfordsburn
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This weekend, I went to Belfast for volleyball intervarsities, a tournament for all the college teams in Ireland. The first day was actually Thursday, but I missed this since I was in Dublin for the Naughton's Thanksgiving dinner. We went 1-5 in our pool play this day so we went to the lowest bracket for the tourney. On Friday, we had a pool play with 4 teams to determine the seeds for the actual playoff style ...
... to learn that it is still a very divided city – literally! They have 14 “Peace Walls”. These are high (around 20ft.) fences that separate areas and are locked overnight and open between 6am to 10pm only. Perhaps even more surprising was that the last one was only built last year.
The tour showed us many of the murals that have been painted by the various groups – these are scattered all around the city and are ...
... off to the sides of the freeway and a Welcome to Belfast signpost !
We continued up the road at a rate of knots and almost PAST the border without realizing it because Mr Tour Guide almost forgot to alert us because it was so inconspicuous. Once aware I scoured the countryside and saw a couple of military vehicles and then much of the same scenery that had entertained us all the way from Dublin.
I felt indifferent about our location until Mr Tour ...
... decadent 4-course dinner together. Aaraon and Sarah were a delight to be around and truly helped us engage in a different side of sight-seeing that we wouldn't have otherwise seen on our own. The last and final night of our trip was spent in grand, yet customary, fashion with drink in hand and Irish friends to laugh with. One of the lads hosted a house-warming party and gave me the chance to recconent with the mates that ...
Next morning I struggled out of bed at 4:45 am and walked across the parking lot at dawn (it had mercifully stopped raining), back to the airport where the desk for our airline was, in fact, open. They couldn't help us, however, as the tickets had expired and there were no further openings that day. They saw my frustration and, taking pity on me, they directed me to the EasyJet counter where I was able to purchase three new tickets to Belfast (at half the price ...
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