If you have been waiting all day for a super exciting post well…this isn’t it. Sorry but to be honest today wasn’t very big day to talk about. We did meet some interesting people though.
We started in the rain in Glasgow. For everything to run smoothly for today’s travels we ended up having a rather late train out: 11:42 am vs a normal 8 or 9 am train. Our bus tour ticket from yesterday was actually good for 48 hours so we used it to get ourselves to the train station. Todays train was quite full one so we didn’t get our 4 person table seat to ourselves like we normally do. We ended up sitting with a really nice couple. He was from Edinburgh, she was from London and now they live by Glasgow. He was really awesome about pointing out things to look at out the window and she had some interesting insight into the differences between Scotland and England (and Scots & English people). They however got off at a stop halfway to Stranraer (our destination). After that we did our usual train things: journal writing, mahjong, drop 7 and sleeping in Beans case (that girl just can’t stay awake in moving vehicles…she should have no trouble on our night trains later in the journey).
In Stranraer we transferred over to the ferry. It was super easy…literally walk out of the train station and your pretty much in the ferry terminal. Our rail passes didn’t give us a free trip but they did provide an excellent discount. Our 2 tickets combined ended up costing less than one full price ticket! The ferry boats were crazy nice! There was a cafeteria, a bar, a coffee shop, a kids play place, an arcade, a casino & a nail saloon. That’s without even mentioning the ample seating, where every seat was super cushion-y, and 3 areas where they had movies playing. Like we said, crazy nice! We did have one negative though…the ship severely lacked outside deck space. There were 2 tiny balconies at the back of the boat (one smoking and one non) and that was it! We are the girls who spent the whole ferry ride from Vancouver to the island doing laps around the boat in the rain in January…we like deck space!
Upon arrival in Belfast we found our research into which buses to take was all in vain. The buses don’t run to the ferry terminal on Saturdays. Lame! But the man standing next to us asked we and another lady if we wanted to share a taxi to the same bus center we had intended to go to. This time he was from a small town by Belfast but had been living in Edinburgh for the last 6 years and she was from the Dublin area but had just moved to Edinburgh this month. Again they were super nice and very curious about our trip and how we were finding things here.
Our Belfast hostel is probably the smallest place we’ve been in so far when you look at the number of beds it has. But in contrast, it’s the largest room we’ve been in so far with 8 beds. And its looking like it might be full tonight. Lucky we have earplugs and are such good sleepers!
(Kels, we know you’re waiting for hostel pictures and those are coming soon…just be patient!)
Now by this point you’re probably thinking, “At least I’ll get to hear about their awesome supper”… Well, now we must admit we actually had Chinese food for supper. The whole ferry ride we could smell Chinese so it became an overwhelming craving. We ended up going to China China, a place right by our hostel, and having an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. Back to exciting British food tomorrow…we promise!
After supper we had to work off a little of our ginormous supper so we went for a wander around the Queens University, the Botanical Gardens and the other areas surrounding our hostel. The parks here make us laugh. Instead of football goal posts or dried up hockey rinks you find courts/set-ups for funny games like cricket & lawn bowling. We also walked by a posh party that had something to do with polo. Oh the sports they play here! Anyway, our first impression of Ireland: it’s green and the people speak in awesome accents (Kristin thinks it’s her favorite accent!). As a happy update Justine wasn’t feeling in tendinitis pain during our walk! She was however feeling like her shoes were rubbing the skin off her heel.
(You might think that photo is just a reused one from Glasgow, but no they just have the same structure in their Botanical Gardens…that’s why we took this picture.)
Basically to sum up the day: we entered country #3, Ireland! Stay tuned tomorrow to find out how it goes…
Love, Luck & Lawn Bowling
PS. If you were bored by us we have one word of comfort…a little friend of ours was using IgPat to do some typing of his own today…