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Leaving Belfast we headed northbound up the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a three hour drive to the Giantâ€™s Causeway. The giantâ€™s causeway is a geological phenomenon in which thousands of hexagonal shaped stones have formed on the eastern coast of Northern Ireland and the western coast of Scotland. Legend has it that the path was actually created by Fionn Maccumhail, a great Irish hero of the time after heâ€™d challenged his rival giant in Scotland to a battle. He constructed the pathway to allow his rival to come to Ireland, but when he saw his rival coming and saw how terribly large his opponent was, he disguised himself as a baby to avoid having to fight. The rival giant, seeing this large baby and mistaking it for the son of MacCumhail, decided he did not want to meet the father of such a child and ran back to Scotland, destroying the path along the way.
Disembarking from the Giantâ€™s Causeway we proceeded inland to the Walled city of Derry. Here we met with a man by the name of Ronan who took us on a tour of the city and told us a bit about the history of the area, especially of Bloody Sunday. Bloody Sunday was a day when the British military opened fire on a group of protestors and killed fourteen people. I saw a lot of similarities between Belfast and Derry, especially with the dividing walls and murals. It was really interesting to see another area, this one much smaller than Belfast, but with a similar story.
We ate dinner then I waited with Poppy for a guy sheâ€™d met in Belfast to meet us at the hotel. We went out to find a pub, only to find that the area was pretty quiet. Maybe it was because we were out early, or maybe thatâ€™s just how the city was. We ended in a pub that had the Liverpool vs. Arsenal match on and talked a lot about the premiership.