Trip Start Feb 15, 2011
Trip End Feb 15, 2013

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Flag of United Kingdom  , Northern Ireland,
Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Giants Causeway was another one of the "must do" sites that we had been told about even before leaving Canada. Unlike some of our other excursion days, the weather did not cooperate with us for our Giants Causeway visit. Knowing that we most likely wouldn't make it back to the area anytime soon, we braved the windy rain and jogged our way through. It was worth it.

We boarded the Coastal Cruiser from Belfast to Ballintoy. This was, undoubtedly the worst bus experience of our trip so far. To summarize without detailing, we fell victim to the onion sandwich eating, self appointed “tour guide” sitting behind us. The highlight of our unpleasant bus ride was when the boy in front of us could no longer ignore the building urgency to pee and resorted to relieving himself in the coke bottle his mom had just emptied. Apparently the small hole of a coke bottle is a tricky target resulting in the leakage running back to our floor area. Looking back, it can be chalked up to a funny bus memory, but at the time, our legs were burning from hovering above the ground and dodging the pee stream trickling our way.

The Coastal cruiser dropped us off at our hostel which was perfectly located in between the Carrick a Rede rope bridge and the Giants Causeway. Historically, the Carrick a Rede rope bridge played a big part in the local salmon fishing industry. No longer used by fisherman, the suspension bridge is now enjoyed by many tourists annually. If we thought the wind was bad on the main land, after having crossed the bridge, we were blown away (no exaggeration...a slight misstep had Leann being physically blown over).

From the rope bridge we jumped back on the cruiser and made our way to the Giants Causeway. We don’t really even know how to describe the causeway other than that the name pretty much explains it. It looks like huge rocky footsteps built for a giant. It looked to us like someone had taken all of these huge rocks, cut them to size and smoothed them into perfectly placed puzzle pieces. It was neat enough that even in the cold, wind and rain, we actually really enjoyed our time there.

Nearly blowning away,
Leann and Robyn

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