When I arrived in Belfast yesterday morning, I wouldn’t have imagined any of what I saw during the day. I had heard a lot about the city, about how deceiving it was (in comparison to Dublin for example), and I had also learnt a few things about the historical religious conflict. However, I was not entirely prepared.
We first walked in the city centre where you can find nice buildings, wonderful street art and surprisingly, a few abandoned building right in the centre.
Our next step was to visit the Titanic museum, which was worth the £10 student price is you are interested in the drawing of the boat, its construction, and the life of the workers on the boat. The experience is really good with a lot of objects presented, lots of pictures and videos, covering until the departure of the boat.
We had decided to stay in Belfast only for one day. After the Titanic Museum, we decided to visit the west part of the city. And then, we knew why people had told us they disliked Belfast. We faced many abandoned buildings and some wastelands. I knew that there were lots of bushes and walls to separate the neighborhoods, and that a “Wall of Peace” had been erected, but I never imagined it so high. I felt bad walking in this area of Belfast and I was happy enough that we did not have much time left.