View from the train - or travelling to Ireland

Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
Trip End Jan 02, 2011

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Cordia Lodge

Flag of United Kingdom  , Northern Ireland,
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Choosing to travel to Ireland by train & ferry was one of our better decisions. The whole process was simple, from booking our seats, to transferring onto the ferry & arrival in Belfast. The Scottish countryside is picturesque: (excuse the clichés) gently rolling hills, quaint farmhouses, green fields, small villages, regal manor houses, fat, black faced sheep – the works. I am reading a book set in England in the 1790s & the descriptions of the village & manor house fit exactly with the scenery rushing by. Such a contrast to Africa where the landscape is (again, excuse the clichés) rugged, wild & untamed.

We had forward facing seats & a table for the 2 ½ hour train journey, which gave us somewhere to eat our contraband lunch. It reminded me of my first overseas trip as a student when we'd sneak a second breakfast from the youth hostel for lunch. I did the same at the hotel in Glasgow: a few extra croissants & cheese tucked in a serviette as we left the dining room. If we’d remembered to get them out of the suitcase, we could have used the travel plates I’d bought especially for times like these! (The necessity of which Blackie questioned at the time). However, the serviette did the job adequately.

When we transferred to the ferry there was the requisite x-ray machine for hand luggage, but it was not being used. Apart from looking at our passports to see when & where we’d entered the UK, we just walked onto the ferry. When I remarked top Blackie about not having anything x-rayed, he remarked that they’re only worried about bombs coming out of Belfast, not going in! The ferry felt like a cruise ship – picture theatre, bars, coffee shops, duty free shopping, plenty of places to sit, even free wifi. The 2 hours flew by.
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