Hello family and friends,
Today was our first full day in Northern Ireland. We started by meeting our guide Nigel and he took us to meet our tour guide, Edwin. Edwin was going to show us all around Belfast and fill us in our it’s history and what’s happening in the town. Today was a crucial part of this trip, we have seen Ireland and all it’s beauty but today we saw another side. We saw how “broken” and divided it was, and how the people haven’t forgotten their past and how angry they are. We know that with time comes healing, but sometimes when the pain runs so deep, healing doesn’t come with time, it only comes from love and forgiveness. We started by going and seeing the wall of Belfast. This wall was put up to separate the Catholics from the Protestants and it is wielded shut for 364 days a year, it is only opened on July 12, to celebrate the freedom for the Protestants. This holiday is highly celebrated for the Protestants and it’s starts with a huge bond fire the night before, and then on the morning of July 12 they have a parade through the town waving their flag. But with all the controversy happening with in the past few years there have been some major changes that the Protestants aren’t happy about. So they have been protesting the changes, in hopes that it will go back to tradition.
After we saw the wall of Belfast we went around and saw all the murals in the town. Many of these murals portrayed what happened and all that was lost durning the troubles. These murals are put up so they wont forget, walking through the town and seeing these murals really allows you to see the troubles that Ireland has faced and are continuing to face. After driving through town we saw where the titanic was build and we explored downtown Belfast.
The team has been doing very well together, we are all getting along and having fun, we are all just a bit tired. We would all like to say thank you for all your support for helping us get to this point to be able to experience a new culture, meeting great people, and expanding our world view.