Sick in Belfast :(
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We were in no hurry to get up after a late night out last night. Although we did have to get up and be out of the hostel by 10:30am. That was no problem as mine and Danny’s train to Belfast left at 11am so we would be out by that time anyways. We missed breakfast but oh well it was just toast. After showering and packing our bags we checked out of the hostel and Mike walked with us to the train station. Originally Danny and Mike were both leaving today as Mike has a tour of Scotland that leaves tomorrow and Danny wanted to get back the same night as his parents so that he could get a ride home. I decided to give Belfast a try as I had booked the Thursday and Friday off work and figured I might as well spend the whole weekend in Ireland if I was already over here.
It took us about 15 minutes or so to walk to Connolley train station. We had to go to one of those ticket machines to print our tickets out and we were supposed to be on the train 20 minutes early. Since we didn’t have time for breakfast we pooled what ever euros we had left over and bought some crisps, chocolate, and water bottles as our “breakfast.” We said good bye to Mike and then we got on the train. I feel really bad because we kicked two old people out of our seats...we purchased our tickets quite a long time ago and we had gotten window seats at a table reserved for us and they even had our names on them and everything.
The train was 2 and a half hours long and in that time I slept mostly and listened to my music. This is the part of the trip where I really started to feel sick and my nose would not stop running! It sucked. And then I guess because I was blowing my nose so often it started bleeding once we got to the station. Yuck! We got a cab to the hostel because we didn’t feel like walking or figuring out the buses and it only cost us 5 pounds. Our first impression of the hostel was not good. It looked like a dive and we couldn’t check into our room right away and we were just not impressed. There were these guys there that were running it and who also do the Paddy’s tours and they were drinking beer and yelling at each other across the hostel and swearing etc.
We came across a corner shop type thing I guess it was that also had another Tim Hortons stand in it! So that was exciting and we got a “Tim Hortons” latte and some chocolate and I got some whatever the UK equivalent of Tylenol is that I can’t remember the name of haha. We also came across a Dominos pizza and decided to get that for lunch. We got the “meal deal” which was an individual pizza, garlic cheese bread, and a pop each for only 6 pound and it was delicious. There was a church across the road and we went and sat down on the grass and ate that and it was nice.
After lunch we went back to the hostel and Danny got out his little computer and I read my magazine. We hung out in the common room for a while just surfing the web etc. After a while we decided we should go out and explore a little bit of Belfast as so far we didn’t have a good impression and figured we should give it a 2nd chance.
We headed towards the city centre just exploring etc. For some reason there was a TON of kids around. They were everywhere! I think maybe there was some sort of show because some of them had costumes on that were similar. Anyways so as we walked down the main street we came across what I am assuming is city hall.
So we decided to check that out. At first we thought it was closed because the lady told some guy it was closed but it turns out she was telling the guy that the grounds of city hall were closed and the wheel “The Belfast Wheel” was still open. It was only 6 pounds to go on so we figured why not. It was so dead as well and no one on it so we got our own little compartment and everything. And the sun was shining and it was so beautiful and it was a really enjoyable ride. I liked it better than the London eye. It’s more comfortable and it goes faster and you get to go around 3 times. The view of Belfast was really sweet as well. Oh and this is also where the Titanic Memorial statue is. It was really sweet but I thought that it was ruined by being right in the middle of the Belfast wheel.
We went to McDonalds and got some chips for “dinner” I guess. Oh and one thing I noticed about Belfast. There is TONS of emo kids around everywhere! It’s ridiculous. They are all dressed in black with crazy clothes and platform boots and piercings etc. Honestly why people want to dress like that is beyond me.
We were debating if we should go out partying in Belfast that night as that was our original plan but I was feeling too sick so we just decided to go back to the hostel and hang out there.