As my second and final trip for Irish Life and Cultures, we took a trip to Northern Ireland. Our first stop was to Belfast. We got to see their capitol building, peace walls, and the murals. When we went, there was a controversy about the Great Britain flag being raised over it as it was reduced from 365 days to only their holidays. The peace walls were a very interesting sight. It is hard to imagine this kind of separation in the world today. There were people from all over the world who left messages of peace on it hoping to promote goodwill to each side. There were murals that were painted all over the place in Belfast, most of which took place on the sides of the housing apartments. They are illegal to put on the wall as the painters do not own it, however if the government takes it down it will cause serious political tension, so they just leave them up.
The next stop was to Derry. However, along the way we got to take two stops, one at the Giant’s Causeway, and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The Giant’s Causeway was a beautiful sight as well as a very interesting sight. There were picturesque mountains and cliffs along the coast, and then there were interesting pentagonal shaped rocks that slowly disappeared into the water. It actually looked like what the legend said, and the rocks were ripped apart and scattered around to prevent one monster chasing the other to Scotland. The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge was a blast to walk across. It was over 20 meters long and almost 30 meters above the water, and on top of that it swayed.
When we arrived to Derry, we were immediately taken on a tour of the city. We got to walk along the walls surrounding the entire city and were told how the city was under siege for over 100 days. Then we walked around to multiple locations where disastrous events took place on Bloody Sunday. We were taught about the innocent people who were leading a non-violent protest.
The trip to Northern Ireland was fun and interesting too learning about how opposed the Catholics and Protestants are.