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Next Stop: The Giant Causeway & Derry, Northern Ireland

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Stuck between two seasons.Winter is coming.

Stuck between two seasons.
Winter is coming.

After a restless and interesting night in Belfast, I woke up a but earlier then the others because I wanted to check out another place to visit in Belfast: Queens University. I go to Queens University back home in Canada, and it was extremely necessary that I went to visit my home away from home. I only had 20 minutes to visit the campus (due to early time we had to leave Belfast), but what I saw of it on the outside was very beautiful and somewhat similar to my university back home.

I specifically wore my Queens University hoodie that day to take some pictures of me in front of the school.
I’m cool like that.

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After my quick visit to Queens University of Belfast (better quick visit then no visit), I hopped on the bus and began a day of touring along the glorious North Coast of Northern Ireland. Our first stop was at the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge which is about 20 meters long and sits about 40 meters above the water. If you’re afraid of heights, you could be scary, but for others, it was a walk in the park. It was about £5 to cross the bridge, but if you don’t want to do the rope bridge, the path along the coast to get to the bridge was free and incredibly beautiful.

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We then went to the Giant’s Causeway, which was absolutely breathtaking. The Giant’s Causeway is a geological phenomenon that contains an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. The columns are a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The Giant’s Causeway is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland.

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By coincidence, I ran into Ian, a friend of mine from back home who is on exchange in Scotland. It was just so random and awesome to run into him at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. I haven’t seen Ian since my beautiful trip to Perth, Scotland.

738329_10152380993330032_2142764849_oAfter such a scenic and inspiring sight-seeing day, we made our way to historic Derry (also called LondonDerry if you were a Protestant living here). Again, there is still religious conflict and dangerous events happening in this part of Northern Ireland as well. We went on an evening tour of the city and were shown the political murals and told of the historical facts of Derry. We walked to the highest point in the city to overlook the amazing view. We were told of some interesting facts such as the Irish character from Glee, Damian McGinty, is from Derry, and 738209_10152380993565032_74157307_otold of some scary facts, like how the police caught a couple of guys in a car with a rocket launcher that was aimed for the police station that was mainly filled with Protestants. The Paddy’s Palace hostel in Derry was one of the best hostel’s I’ve stayed at. The hostel was decorated for the Christmas holidays, with positive staff, and even a furry and friendly cat to make you feel more at home. I would recommend anyone who wants to visit historic Derry to stay at the Paddy’s Palace here. They even have a great review on Hostelworld.

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The rest of the night in Derry consisted of a Pub crawl. My first Irish pub crawl, and let’s just say, it was a night to remember, or not…

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Check out my journey in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Check out Day 3 on my Paddy Wagon Tour!

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Next Stop: Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland, here I come!

My Australian friend Freya and I arrived in Dublin early in the morning and began our day with a nice Irish breakfast in a cozy Irish pub. We then went on a “Free Tour of Dublin”, which is highly recommended for those who want a tour of Dublin and want to know the history behind the sites and monuments. Although it is technically a free guided tour, the guides earn their wages based on tips, so you can pay the amount you think the tour guide deserves.

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We visited the Dublin Castle, O’Connell street and O’Connell’s monument, as well as the “pointless thing” (which has many names and is literally a metal spire), city hall, Trinity College, a few parks within the City, and the most popular area of Dublin: Temple Bar.

For those travelers who don’t know what Temple Bar is, it is not actually a bar, but the area in which many amazing bars, pubs, restaurants and shops reside. There is an actual Temple Bar in the Temple Bar area, which most tourists go thinking that’s where the best pub is, Photo 08-12-2012 16 39 05however, I’d advise those to go to The Auld Dubliner or The Storehouse as recommended by a local.

After the free walking tour, we checked-in to our hostel (which was Paddy’s Palace), and had dinner. We ended getting together with Freya’s Aussie friend Jen, who is studying on exchange at Trinity College, and spending the rest of the night in a bar with a vast amount of Irish people and no tourists.The bar was called Flannery’s and I had a blast getting to know and dancing with the locals! I also had my first Guinness in Ireland here! It was actually image_1356002789923081quite good!

Because I spent my first night with all the locals and majority being Irish, I had an amazing first night in Ireland!

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The second day we were in Dublin, we met up with some friends we met at the bar last night for a delicious brunch at the Elephant Castle. Afterwards, I went to a famous jail on the outskirts of Dublin called the Kilmainham Gaol.

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There was a guided tour throughout the historical site and walking around the dungeons and jail cells was extremely eerie. I highly recommend those who visit Dublin to check out the Kilmainham Gaol.

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We then took a stroll afterwards through a very picturesque driveway towards an art museum. It was too late for us to visit the museum but I was able to get some nice pictures.

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By the end of the night, I walked around the city all lit up with Christmas decorations.

Because we had to wake up at 8am, we went back to our hostel and had an early night. Absolutely loved my time in Dublin!

Here’s to 12 days of traveling Ireland!

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