Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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The scenery of Northern Ireland was superb... did a rope walk over the sea (Carricke) which was quite unique. Walking to the island off the coast gave an amazing view of the coast
Even though the strife in Northern Ireland has come to an end (cease fire signed in 1994), the locals still seem to think that the trouble is still brewing. One protestant guy I met referred to the Catholics as being 'the other sort' but was adamant that he gets on with them... some of his friends are Catholic. I didn't believe him as he pulled a face when talking about them. In some ways I'm glad that I'm open to it all and don't really get into it... just curious as to get their perspective like I was with Buddhism in Thailand. The signs of the past are evident in Belfast with fortified police stations, slogans on city walls etc. Not the most attractive city I've been to!
I'm hanging out to get out of Ireland now... I think I've seen enough... and I've definitely spent enough:) This country is a rip off, especially for Aussies with our Aussie dollar. Don't know how the locals survive.