With our time in Belfast done, we’ve come full circle. We’re now back in Dublin where we started our little tour of Ireland.
Though “The Troubles”, a common term for the three decades of violence in Northern Ireland that began in the late sixties, continued well into my lifetime, they have always felt like something that happened long ago and far away. Even arriving in Belfast and walking around the city centre there are few signs of the tension that still bubbles beneath the surface here.
With that in mind, I was really looking forward to spending some more time with our driver from the Giants Causeway tour, Jimmy, for a black cab political tour of West Belfast.
Yesterday started with an early morning run. That wasn’t a planned event, we just underestimated how long it would take us to get Ella out the door in the morning and found ourselves a bit tight for time getting to our 7:00am train.