Scotland to Ireland
Trip Start Jul 14, 2009
73Trip End Oct 13, 2009
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The Red Bull really didn't help as I snoozed as soon as we were back on the bus...I dozed until we ended up at Alloway, the birth place of Robert Burns...It was basically an information place with Robert Burns stuff, a gift shop and restaurant. It was a bit early for us to have a full meal, so we had Broccoli and Stilton soup, walked around the gift shop and there was a stall selling books. Dan got a Poirot omnibus for a donation amount and we stayed inside as it was windy and very cold.
We headed on to the port to catch the ferry from Scotland to Ireland. We got there around 2.30pm and departed at 2.45pm for the 2 hour ride to Belfast. The ferry was large, clean and not too crowded for a change. Dan watched the Soccer match whilst I read a book and looked at pretty things in the gift shop. Dan let me buy a Swarovski necklace that was just soooo pretty and shiny. Hehe. We also had lunch on the boat, a homemade steak and mushroom pie with chips and gravy...yes...more chips. The pie was great actually and the chips and gravy not bad, not the best gravy but I do love gravy in general!
We got off the boat and onto the bus and went straight into a town tour of Belfast with a local guide who showed us some IRA/Ulstern graffiti and told of us how the Irish/English factions are getting on much better and how life is improving for those that live in Belfast. We had a look at the docks where the Titanic was made and then finally got dropped off at the Ramada in Belfast.
It was in the hotel room as I tried to charge the camera battery that we discovered that the australia/uk adaptor was left this morning at the hotel..bugger. We scrounged a european adaptor and tried a double plug..and that didnt work. We finally ended up knocking on our tour guides door trying to find an adaptor. One of our fellow travellers lent us their adaptor whilst we went to dinner to charge the camera.
Dinner was at the hotel and it was a chicken Caesar Salad for entree... Turkey/ham with veges, cous cous and potatos for mains. Dessert was trifle and various cakies that were delicious but so not needed...3 courses is soo much to have each night and its hard to say no! Anyways, our camera charged, we ended up back in the room by 8.30ish and couldn't be bothered doing any washing, so we watched World Trade Centre..the moving on September 11 with Nicholas Cage. It was a good movie, but ran until 11.30pm...wayyyyyyyyyy too late and by the time we went to sleep, I could tell, not enough sleep was going to be had for tomorrow! Ah well!