June and Tris Wedding in Belfast

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 27, 2008

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Before we landed on English soil, it was time for a whistle stop tour to Belfast and to attend June and Tris wedding.  We heard of their wedding plans whilst on the trip and the timing couldn't have been more perfect as it meant we could drop in on the way home. 

We took another stupid o'clock flight - this time an over night flight leaving Noo Yoik at half nine at night, arriving in Dublin at 9am the following morning.  No sleep on the plane as usual and then it was a two hour coach journey from Dublin up to Belfast.  We arrived at the B&B feeling in the need of a good sleep which is exactly what we got. 

Following morning and it was time to get ready for the big day.  We popped into Belfast city to purchase those items that Nic had managed to do without for the last year....makeup, hair products and deodorant (OK, so last of these wasn't true!).  I even managed to treat myself to a new pair of pants...the one pair I had used for the last year were starting to get a bit tatty.  If you can't treat yourself to a new pair of pants for a wedding, when can you?

At 2pm, looking all smart and groomed for the first time in a very long time, we headed up to the beautiful venue of Malone House, location for the wedding.  It was a very special day for a very special couple and we are so glad we were able to make it.  One of the down sides of being away for a year is that we missed out on a number of weddings (including a stint as a best man in Spain) and births.  This was very tough for the pair of us as we wanted to attend them all (the weddings, not the births.  Not sure how welcome we would be at friend's births - stood there with our backpacks on and a big cheesy grin!!) but unfortunately we had to say no.

However, we considered ourselves lucky to be here and to be with friends again.  It now started to dawn on us that we were pretty much home and the end of the trip was soon upon us.  We stayed another night in Belfast after the wedding and got ourselves prepared, physically and mentally, to pack the backpack for one last time and head home on Friday 27th June...the final flight and final day of this amazing trip.
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