The Very Best Place to Start

Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
Trip End Jan 09, 2014

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Europa Bus Station

Flag of United Kingdom  , Northern Ireland,
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Finally, a chance to sit down and update! I don't believe I've had anything to say since the trip began, so I'll start from Cleveland. We flew from Cleveland to Chicago, where our layover came in handy; our four hours between flights was really just about an hour after getting through security and grabbing food. From Chicago, we set off to London. A short seven hours later, I disembarked the plane to Heathrow Airport. Of course, I managed to displace myself within the first five minutes of getting there. My seat was very removed from the group, and I'm too much of a wanderer to stay put. But of course, we all met up eventually and set off for Dublin.

We arrived in Dublin around 4:30pm and I can truly say I didn't feel an ounce of jet lag. I was tired, yes, but that was more from the lack of restful sleep. From Dublin, we caught the bus to Belfast, arriving around 7:30pm. We squared ourselves away after fixing up some taxi fare issues. Our self-catered apartment is quite homey; I'll post pictures when I figure out how to actually connect my camera. In any regard, we walked an unexpected two miles to a delightful Italian restaurant (consider the irony) close to Queens University. For just over 10.00, my roommate Megan and I were able to eat comfortably. I've noticed Europe is expensive but, just like America, full of deals. Boots, a chain store around here, has a 3.95 Meal Deal that is rocking my food budget.

When we returned to our cozy home, things seemed to be drawing to a close for the night. Don't worry; Megan and I were able to almost catch the house on fire with some converter/adaptor issues. After blowing out my power strip that I was so proud to remember, we cautiously tried a few other American devices which we were able to successfully charge. My laptop is now happy as a clam, but my phone is hovering around 5% battery. Honestly, Droids don't do so well internationally. I've no WiFi anywhere and obviously no service, not even for extra charge. Thanks a lot, Google.

Anyway, with the excitement over for the day, we were able to have a restful eight hours of sleep (which for Megan and I is a miracle). We woke up around 8:30am, showered and set out for downtown Belfast with one of our instructors, Dr. Connie Evans. We picked up our iLink travel passes (free public transit? Yes please), grabbed some replacement converters (and those darling 3.95 meals) and set out for the bus station a few blocks away. You can fill in the rest. Tonight is the opening of "Sanctuary" the latest production from Theatre of Witness. Megan and I will be there to help with front-of-house things and Marketing efforts. We have very little expectation, but that's sort of my favorite part. What's the point of travel if it's just going to be what you expect, am I right?

I'll post as often as I can. Megan and I are also videoblogging, I will get the link to that for the next entry. For now, I'll continue staring out the window at sky, green fields and cows. So. Many. Cows.

PS You wouldn't believe the amount of KFC's in Northern Ireland. I explained to our taxi driver that KFC stood for Kentucky Fried Chicken and he was blown away. Ah, America.
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greekcypriot on

Ireland is such a beautiful country. Don't miss visiting Kerry since you will be for sometime there. Good luck with your carreer and I am sure many students envy you right now. (I did some reading)
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