view of Belfast, from hostel window
This day, we would take a black cab tour of the 2 neighborhoods in Belfast, which was well known for the Troubles between Protestants and Catholics.
I hopped into one of them, which could carry around 5 or 6 people. We would first visit the Protestant neighborhood, and be shown the various murals around the area. A guide told us the story behind each one. Then we went to the wall, which was the dividing line between the 2 neighborhoods. After that, we went to visit the Catholic neighborhoods, and see the murals in that area as well. Plus a visit to the memorial garden there. The guide would share about the struggles between the 2 groups.
Then we went to the International Peace Wall, which had a bunch more murals on it. This one has ones with George W. Bush, Frederick Douglass, Picasso's painting from the Spanish Civil War, and more. It seemed like I was the only one who recognized them, and felt a little too nerdy when identifying them to the guide.
We would return to the hostel, to get our things, then leave Belfast. We would stop by the Legananny Dolmen. This was a structure that looked like as if a kid put 3 stones together to form an arch. Hard to believe that it could stand like that, without any help from machinery. This structure was an ancient burial ground. This was our final stop in Northern Ireland.
We would cross into Republic of Ireland.