By Morgan Lauer
After a long day of traveling, I finally made it to Belfast, Northern Ireland. We began to explore the city after trying to recover from jetlag. One of the first places we went was George’s market. This was by far the coolest market I’ve been to. Don’t get me wrong; I love to browse my hometown’s small farmer’s market every week in the summer, but this one blew it out of the water. It was huge and consisted of anything from art and jewelry to delicious smoothies, fudge and crepes.
We then began to learn about the city
of Belfast and it’s history through a bus tour and later a black cab tour.We learned about “The Troubles” which were violent 30-year conflicts between the unionist Protestants and the nationalist Catholics that started in the late 1960’s. A peace wall that was only meant to stand for 6 months is still there today and separates the Catholics from the Protestants. The wall is filled with graffiti, quotes, and signatures. There is still hope that one day the wall will come down with complete peace between the two groups. I would have never guessed that the city went through such violent times seeing how far it has come since then. It is inspiring to see somewhere that has been through so much conflict work towards peace and unity, and not hold onto the past.
Tomorrow is our last day here and after two days of learning about this incredible city, I am excited to see what tomorrow brings.