World Trip 1999-2000: Day 101 – Belfast to Derry, Northern Ireland

Highlights: Queen’s College, Irish pubs 

We got up early an started the second walking tour.  Unfortunately luck was against us and it rained heavily most of the time.  We walked past the Europa Hotel, the most bombed in the world and to a nearby Royal Ulster Constabulary (or police) station.  All the RUC buildings are like fortresses and the cars like tanks.

The other highlight was Queen’s College which was built during Queen Victoria’s reign.  It is apparently based on Magdalen College at Oxford.  We then caught a bus a Derry.

The name of Derry causes controversy. It was originally renamed to Loddonderry in the 16th century but Catholics call it Derry, as it was originally.  The Republican City Council changed it’s name to Derry but the city itself is still Loddonderry.  Your background (Protestant or Catholic) is exposed by what you say.

We met a fellow Australian from Burnie in Tasmania called Kent.  Kent currently plays in the State League for Burnie.  We all went out to find a pub that plays local Irish music.  Three pubs later we had drank three Guinnesses but our search was in vain.

The hostel did not take our credit card so see used the little cash we had left.

About Nathan

An Australian World traveler who has been fortunate enough to experience 56 countries so far.
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