First Days in Belfast – by Aileen Dwyer

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I arrived in Belfast on Saturday, May 20th. It took a drive across a border, 3 flights, and almost 24 hours of travel to get here, but I made it.

The first thing we did was get lunch a group. IMG_5820I find that eating together is a great way to get to know each other. It’s only been a few days, but I already feel comfortable with everyone. My first two days were spent, eating, shopping, and resting. The day before I left I caught a cold, so cold medicine on top of travel has wiped me out. I am finally starting to feel better.

We had our first educational excursion today to the Titanic Museum. The Titanic was built right here in Belfast. It took 3 years to build the massive ship, and it was finally finished in 1911. Everyone knows some basic info about the Titanic, but this museum had lots of cool details and history that I didn’t know. The museum is only a few years old, so there’s some cool tech used in the displays. There are a lot projectors used in the museum to display videos on walls and create holograms you can interact with.

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It was a nice start to the trip. One of my favorite thing so far is that we got to see a studio where some of Game of Thrones is filmed. DSC00066Some of the indoor shots, like the throne room scenes, are filmed at Titanic Studios. Some of the local have seen stars like Kit Harington (John Snow) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) around town.

I have enjoyed my time so far in Belfast. I never thought this town would be one of my favorites, but there is so much cool stuff to do here. The town has a unique history I would love to come back and explore more of.

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