Firstly, to start the day off we went to Belfast to do a tour on the murals of both protestant and catholic communities. We went to a museum that was very interesting as it featured historical elements of Irish culture. We then visited Crumlin Road Gaol for a tour. This was very interesting as we learned how the prisoners experience was like from the opening of the gaol in 1846 to its close in 1996. We went to Belfast City Centre for free time. When we arrived home a mini Fleadh was organised ( Irish Festival). We had sweets, juice and music. To finish the day we went to the town Maghera to have fun and to discover the culture of the small town. In conclusion the day was very enjoyable and interesting. Never again will Daryl and Scott eat spicy hot wings :0
The first thing we did today was go to Stormont and learn about how the Northern Ireland government was run. We also learned the history of Stormont and how it has changed from when it opened until 2015. DUP and Sinn Fein are the largest parties in Stormont with the most MLA’s. We enjoyed it as it taught us about how the conflict in Northern Ireland has been resolved and continues to be resolved with ‘The Peace Process’.
We then went to the Youth Centre in the afternoon and did some activities and games for example pool and table tennis. in the youth centre we also chilled out and listened to some music.
Area visits was our next thing in the day and we visited the Irish peoples area’s and homes. They told us some things about there area and whether it was Republican or Unionist, this was interesting as we seen the effects it had on their communities during the troubles. We also seen some of the Irish boys and girls friends and families and they were very nice. It was a fun and enjoyable thing to do.
In the night activity Paul Deighan came and spoke with us about the conflict in Northern Ireland from the start up until the Good Friday Agreement. This was the most educational part of the exchange so far as it was explained so well but the Basque group couldn’t understand it all so one of their young people helped them as they are very good at English, it also showed us the whole story of the troubles, everyone expressed there opinions which made a great discussion! This session had everyone thinking and learning most importantly. The Northern Ireland group all found it enjoyable but as the Basque group didn’t understand everything they where slightly confused but we helped them as much as we could.
Hoy a día 29 de agosto de 2013 en Irlanda del Norte hemos desayunado y después hemos ido a Carrickfergus, pueblo donde viven los protestantes de nuestro intercambio. Ibamos a ir a ver un castillo pero no ha podido ser y entonces hemos ido a casa de uno de los del intercambio y nos han enseñado su urbanización. Después de eso la monitora nos ha enseñado donde trabajaba. Por último hemos llegado a casa y después de cenar hemos tenido una actividad sobre el conflicto tanto de Irlanda del Norte como del País Vasco. En mi opinion, el dia de hoy no ha sido tan agotador como otros dias y hemos podido disfrutar del ambiente en el que viven los protestantes.
Ayer nos levantamos y fuimos a desayunar. Una vez terminado el desayuno, cogimos el bus y nos fuimos a Londonderry/ Derry. Tuvimos nada más llegar 20 minutos para comprar algo y después teniamos un tour por la ciudad con una guia. Caminamos mientras intentábamos entender a la guia cerca del muro, viendo los lugares más típicos de esta ciudad. Comimos y fuimos a visitar un museo. Luego tuvimos una hora para hacer compras y cogimos el bus y vinimos a la casa. Tuvimos tiempo libre, cenamos y después fuimos a ver un partido de cricket femenino, intentamos jugar a cricket y a fútbol gaélico. Después volvimos a casa y preparamos una hoguera para pasar un rato todos juntos hablando mientras comemos nubecitas al fuego. Me quedé con ganas de visitar el muro de Derry/Londonderry y sacarme una foto en él. La visita a la cuidad estuvo entretenida aunque nos costaba cada vez más entender a la guia y al del museo porque aumentaban la velocidad.