I’ve not been able to write a post for the last 4 days because I’ve been visiting one of my uni friends in Ireland and there just hasn’t been a spare minute! It’s fair to say that we have had an absolutely incredible time, experiencing typical Irish pubs, listening to Irish music, eating amazing food, drinking way too much Guinness… It’s been so full on and I think I need to take a few days rest before I return to uni life and get down to revision. Before that though, I thought I’d write about the things we got up to in London Derry!
We all arrived on wednesday evening and spent that night just catching up over a bottle of wine (or two).
Landing into Belfast was incredible, the runway was right beside the sea so it felt almost as though we were going to land on the water.
The next morning we woke up and headed to Portrush for an afternoon of surfing. We had the best time ever! It was so nice to be in the sea, although it was absolutely freezing despite the skin tight wetsuits. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any photos because I had to leave my camera in the car but here we are in the car on the way there!
That evening, we all went out for a meal at a restaurant called The Exchange. It was such a lovely place with an amazing atmosphere and even better food!
We all got into the Irish spirit and had a substantial amount of wine!
The food in this restaurant was incredible. I had a dish called bang bang chicken and it came as a hanging kebab – yummy!
We then headed to a typical Irish pub and it beat all my expectations. It is not an exaggeration when I say that this was one of the best nights of my life. There was a live band playing irish music and we all gathered round, armed with a pint of Guinness, clapping away and having the time of our lives! Everyone was so friendly and jolly, I don’t think it would be possible to not enjoy yourself in there! I really feel like we got a true, authentic experience of Ireland and we made a lot of new friends too! Everyone loved our British accents and visa versa. Imagine the film PS I Love you and that is that is the kind of experience we had!
The next morning, we awoke feeling the effects of the night before… hungover doesn’t quite describe the extent of the state we were all in! Although, being a person who doesn’t normally drink any beer, I shouldn’t really be surprised seeing as I had 3 pints of Guinness. Nevertheless, it was definitely worth it. A homemade batch of pancakes and syrup for breakfast helped to ease the pain a little.
We then took a trip into London Derry town, had a look round and learnt the local history. It was actually very interesting learning about the events of Bloody Sunday 1972 – a tragic and devastating piece of history and I would really recommend a quick google search.
That evening, we had a dinner party. We all got ready, did our makeup and chose our outfits and jewellery.
Dinner was served!
The food was absolutely exquisite! Camembert for starters, Lasagne and salad for main, finishing off with the most incredible white chocolate cheesecake for pudding. Delicious. Of course there was plenty of wine involved! (Not to mention champagne and more Guinness). As a result, we all ended up going to the Irish pub from the previous night again! I absolutely loved it.
Saturday, we woke up once again feeling worse for wear. We spent the day recovering and doing a bit of work before a lovely 3 course homemade meal. A great way to end to an amazing few days! We fly home tomorrow morning at 9am and I am really going to miss the spirit of Ireland!
Now I need to return to reality,