On Friday, May 19th, I hopped on a plane to begin my journey, starting in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I’ve never traveled by myself before, especially not to another country that was so far away from home. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous, traveling with 21 strangers across Europe was something I NEVER thought I would do. But I did, and I couldn’t be happier. Once everyone met up and started talking, my nerves went away and I felt right at home. From local pubs with this group to walking around Belfast to explore, it’s been nothing but an adventure.
“I’ll never let go, Jack”
On May 22nd, I woke up a little excited (okay, more than a little). I had the experience of a lifetime visiting the Titanic Museum. Seeing and reading all about the Titanic and the people who were on the ship was surreal.
Some of the things that the tour consisted of were messages back and fourth from the Titanic to different ships when they crashed (those were sad to read, especially the last messages), information on the Titanic survivors and non-survivors, what the cabins for different classes looked like, a video of people exploring the Titanic from the Ocean, and so much more! They even had a short ride!
This museum had my emotions everywhere; I grew up watching the Titanic movie, but learning about all the history was something I’ll never forget. I remember looking at the pictures of the travelers that didn’t survive and seeing a nine-year-old boy who was traveling to Detroit, Michigan with his family to start a new life. I recently moved to Detroit and it was crazy to think that where I lived now was a destination for someone on the Titanic.
After seeing everything from the Titanic, we went and toured the SS Nomadic. This ship transported 247 passengers to the Titanic (yes, I was on the same ship as passengers from the Titanic…WHAT!). This was another great experience! Walking on the boat that also had so much history was awesome. I highly recommend going to this museum if you are ever in Belfast. You won’t regret it, I know I didn’t.