Over the weekend of February 7th, we took a wonderful trip up to northern Ireland. We all got up early in the morning on Friday and got on the bus to make our way up to Belfast. Our first item on the agenda was a political tour of the city. The first hal of the tour was lead by a tour guide who was a and the second half of the tour was lead by. On the tour we stopped at many important places that were significant to the troubles in Ireland. A definite highlight was seeing the peace wall. Personally, I find it hard to imagine living in that short of area. Most agree that there is still a long time before the wall will be able to come down. We spent a wonderful evening in the city of Belfast.
On Saturday, We were up early and we headed to take a visit Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The bridge was a lot smaller than I imagine. Luckily, I had no trouble crossing it. The scenery was just absolutely beautiful and unlike anything I have ever see before. After that we had a short break for lunch and then we headed to the Giant’s Causeway where we got to see even more beautiful natural landscape. It was just unbelievable breathtaking. We spend the rest of the day travelling to derry or London-derry. It was a long and eventful day; we were all very tired when we arrived at the hotel.
The next morning we were up early again and after some breakfast we were guided by one of the best tour guides all over the beautiful city of Derry. We learned all about the history of the city. Especially, the famous “Bloody Sunday.” We also got to see the many incredible murals around the city depicting the deep emotions that the town felt during the troubled times. Once the tour was finished we took a visit to the museum that was all about the tragedy of Bloody Sunday. When took a quick break for lunch and then we walked to a local theatre studio where we watched a video production of one of their plays and got to speak with the actors after. It was very interesting to get very personal insights from the people who lived through this time and acted it out in the play.