Northern Ireland feels a lot rougher than the republic. In Derry, the houses and streets aren't as polished, there's a lot more grafiti and broken glass around and there's a lot more older guys with their buzz cut hair, track pants and tshirts hanging on the streets. It was interesting to visit Bogside, the heart of where the Troubles happened. A lot of interesting murals. But most people are very friendly and we stayed at a lovely B&B, the Merchant House were we had an awesome full Irish breakfast. From Derry we headed to the nortern cost to see the giant's causeway. Extreemly cool geological formation! Basically a large shoreline made of large stone hexagones. (I'll post all my photos when I get back. I've taken litterally hundreds of photos!....mainly of sheep! lol. )We had a really nice hike, including a substantial stairmaster portion to the top of the cliff lined with yellow flowery bushes. Then we drove to Belfast. We stayed in a cute trendy neighbourhoud near Queen's University! We went for a strole through campus; hard to say which campus is prettier....We saw their Jduc and their PEC, lol. They even write the Q in Queens the exact same way. lol. Had a veggie burger and a huge portion of mash for supper. We decided to have a night on the town so we went to the local club. Weird, weird assortment of music. from pop to music from grease to techno. Even one song where everyone on the dance floor sat down and swayed to the music. Very odd. Had a brief chat with this Irish guy. Usually I find it really easy to undersand the Irish accent, but ocassionally if it's a really strong accent I really need to concentrate to understand it. So take a strong accent mixed with some drinking and trying to talk over the super loud club music and you can picture how tricky it was to chat. lol. I told him I was from Canada and he started miming out a hockey game. And to K "Chelsey? like the football team". And then there was the american guy from our hotel that we were hanging out with who was having a riot making fun of the dancing. So all in all it was fun for a tuesday night.
Went to the Hill of Tara today. An interesting character started talking to us. At one point he even called himself a leprachaun. lol. Anyways, tonight we're at a nice B&B in Trim, we're watching the Britt soap awards that are on tv. The city of Trim is home of Trim castle which we will visit tomorrow before we make our way back to Dublin.