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Tuesday, November 25, 1997
Dublin, Ireland to Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Latitude: 54° 35' 23" North
Longitude: 5° 56' 10" West
Altitude: 152 feet
From Seattle: 5036 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Belfast Hosteling International

Today's Travel:
Countries: Ireland, Northern Ireland
Regions: Dublin, Meath, Louth, Armagh, Down, Antrim
Route: Car: Dublin - Belfast
Path:Dublin, Ireland - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Linear:99 miles
Weather: Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 229
Linear Dist: 86154
Countries Visited: 16
Regions Visited: 87
More stats...
Hotels: 40
Friends / Family: 77
Camping: 35
Hostels: 52
Transit: 25
Beers: 937

Journal Entry:
I'm not sure what I expected from Belfast. Maybe not bombed out buildings and soldiers all over the place, but at least some underlying tension. I'd been told to go to Belfast just to experience the "Big Brother" like atmosphere. What I found was a normal, thriving city. More upscale than Dublin but not as sophisticated as London. No machine guns, no rioters, nothing out of the normal.

Went out by myself tonight. Belfast has a great nightlife. Lots of live music, friendly people, atmosphere, and of course beer. Unlike Dublin, London, and most of the UK, the pubs in Belfast stay open until about 1:30am. After listening to some great music (Irish traditional and contemporary) and talking to some of the locals (including explaining to this guy over and over again that I wasn't interested in playing rugby on the local team), I headed home and stayed uplate doing my laundry.

Didn't get to bed until after 5am, but all my close are clean! Travel brings out an apreciation for the simple pleasures in life...

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