Welcome to Ireland

Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
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Trip End Oct 29, 2008


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Friday, September 12, 2008

We visited the Parliament building in Glasgow, and randomly met the German boys from Edinburgh!  Small world!



From Glasgow, we took the train across to the highlands of Northern
Scotland and it was beautiful!  Rolling hills with sheep and cows in
the same pastures with rock fences!  We then took the ferry to Belfast,
and it was huge!  The route was really bumpy from the Irish sea meeting
the Atlantic Sea (the locals say that they don't get along well).  I
met a friendly Irish woman who told me I should make a Christmas turkey
with half onion and half orange to make it more moist.  She told us of
many stories of Ireland and was very friendly.  We then met a random
senior from Ireland that drank way too much and started singing Valarie
song (the German folk tune) as he fell down the escalator.  We walked around for a bit downtown.  They really tried to make their club scene here like North America.  I was really surprised to see many older people out!  There were way more 40 and 70 year olds out than people my age!  It was really rainy that day, as it is in the UK and Ireland.


For breakfast, I had waffles with toffee syrup.  It was so good!  We toured around Belfast visiting all the Protestant and
Catholic murals.  The Catholic adn Prodestant communities are very segregrated here.  Catholics live in one area and Prodestants live in another area.  There are even two seperate recreation facilities for the two groups.  In Scottland, we were told not to talk about politics, religion or history in Ireland.  It was very interesting to see the after effects of the IRA attacks on the British Belfast, and the influences today it has on the atmosphere of the city.  The Catholics have flags of protesting freedom and the Prodestants have Pro-peace flags on their houses with British flags.  They are very politically involved and passionate here, from Catholics vs
Protestants to vs USA. 

We then went to the castle and took a hike to the top to see a breath taking view of Belfast while eating
blackberries along the way.  The castle was donated by the noble family to the city of Belfast, and is now used as a tourist location and weddings.

 Everyone here dresses very formally with dresses, skirts and dress pants on.  Coloured nylons with a dress or skirt is very popular with tall leather boots.  We also found a place that sells Tim Horton's, and they were selling a donut and a coffee for about $4 Canadian!  Crazy expensive.  It is definitely cheaper to buy a beer here than it is to buy a soft drink or juice.  We are headed to Dublin in 30 minutes by bus :) and then hopefully to catch some life music at a pub!



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bettybecker
bettybecker on

HI
Heh, Mal...sounds like you're having a great time - wish we were there! I told Jeff where you were and he told me that the murals were all painted by terrorists from the I.R.A. and they painted with ski masks on so that they wouldn't be recognized. He said the song, Bloody Sunday sang by U2 was written about that. We are looking forward to the Christmas turkey that you're going to make. LOL! It's great hearing from you everyday - anyway, have fun and take care! Love, Betty & Dad

gerrylangenhoff
gerrylangenhoff on

Irish Setter
Fluffy is still Jealous and wants to be with you. He was wonderiong if you could bring him an Irish Setter freind home. It looks like if you are partched you will have to settle for a stein of ale to quench your thirst. Looks like you have connected well with freinds and locals. Talk you you again

Woof wofoff woof from Fluf

torilloyd
torilloyd on

fun
hey mal,
sounds like you are having so much fun!!!
miss you

humboldt
humboldt on

Have a great holiday
Everything seems to be going really well. I am so happy for you. Stat healthy and keep up your strength. How's the backpacking ? Maybe I should be going there and give you a hand. I did get ouyr supply of potatoes from the Abbey, So well have plenty of mashed potatoes with gravy.
We start our weekly scripture sessions tomorrow. I coordinate a great group.Take care! Love you a lot
G and G.

jeffthebrit
jeffthebrit on

Re: HI

jeffthebrit
jeffthebrit on

Hi Mal
just thought I should clarify, bloody Sunday was written about the massacre of (rioting) civilians by British soldiers in 1914, which is reckoned to be the re-igniting of the 'troubles. U2 claim no political bias!!!!
Also, I meant that the murals depict IRA and ILA members in ski masks,( as well as a lot of other stuff ) but I suppose they could have painted them in ski masks too!!!!
Tim's at $4 sacrilege! HEH!
OMG! Think I must be turning Canadian
Keep on trucking
Jeff

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