March 5, 2007

Irish eyes are smiling

Churches are numerous. Curbs are painted to label political/religious affiliation. Barbed wire is the current safety system. Belfast is beautiful.

My friends and I are staying in a quirky student flat near Queens University with three bedrooms, a bath that never seems to dry, and a lovely kitchen/living room combination of neutral colors.

Yesterday we visited Carrickfergus Castle. A fishing port is located beside it, and a beautiful view of the sea is everywhere.

I've seen where Titanic was built. I've passed through parts of town that are still bombed out and gated. The political tour was a real, yet entertaining view of the city. In the cold rain and wind, however, the guide's wry sense of humor was often lost on the breeze.

On the first day of the trip, we raced through the Newark airport and were not surprised when our luggage was not as fleet of foot as we were. We were allotted $50 by the airport to buy essentials in the mean time. We bought pretty European clothes at a shop called Primark in town for the night, but the next day, however, our luggage thankfully arrived.

Today we're headed out into Belfast city center, but Tuesday we're headed to our friends' farm homes and Wednesday to Dublin.

Though I've traveled before, jet lag hasn't been this daunting. I'm coming around, though.

The Irish accents are delightful. I was most excited about this aspect of the trip, I think. Listening to people talk on their cell phones has never been so interesting before. "Grand" and "class" may join "arse" in my arsenal of favorite words. A smile is always on my lips when they open theirs.


Posted by Amanda Cochran at March 5, 2007 8:31 AM | TrackBack

Amanda, my husband and I will be in Belfast beginning Sunday morning, March 11. I am a 1992 SHU alumna, and my husband and I both worked at SHU for 8 years. Maybe we'll see you around at one of the cyber cafes.

Posted by: Mary Kay Cooper at March 5, 2007 4:25 PM

Sorry, we're leaving that day. They'll like having a few more Americans here, though...they think we're charming--I think.

Posted by: Amanda at March 5, 2007 5:06 PM

...but have a great trip! It's a lovely city. :-)

Posted by: Amanda at March 5, 2007 5:07 PM

Aw, that's too bad that you guys couldn't connect!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 5, 2007 5:24 PM

Amanda I am so happy to hear you are having a good time. I want my grandchildren to have fun Grammy

Posted by: Joan at March 5, 2007 9:10 PM

Glad ta be seein that yer havin a grand ole time in da Emerald Isles.

The time I went to Ireland I took a Bram Stoker tour, best tour I ever took. It helps that I have family that live there.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at March 6, 2007 8:10 PM
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