viernes, 17 de abril de 2015

Trip to Belfast or the City I don't want to visit again

Here I am just arrived in Edinburgh after spending two days in Belfast. I wanted to go there just because I always wanted to visit the Titanic Belfast Museum and why not do it now, tomorrow may be too late.

As the title suggest, I don't think I am ever going back again there, as it is a city with nothing interesting to visit, except the Titanic Quarters and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, but I can tell nothing about it as I didn't have time to visit it.

My first day in the City was a long one, as I woke up at 5am in order to take my flight to the capital. The flight was so fast that I didn't have time to finish the breakfast that I order. I could finish the cafe but not the muffin. As I didn't know the city and I am terrible with orientation, I decided to take a taxi to the hostel, 4.5 pounds with a luggage from the city centre.

The Hostel... not what I expected... It was small, old and not very clean...my bed was super uncomfortable and I had to sleep with a man that snored like crazy! The breakfast wasn't bad, you could choose between 3 menus and I chose the most basic one, toast with ham and a cafe. Also, the room didn't have enough plugs and the only mirrors were in the bathrooms, so I had to dry my hair using the selfie cam of my phone...The only good thing about the hostel is that it had curtains attached to the beds, so it gave you privacy. So, if even after reading my review of the city, you still want to visit it, please, do not stay in Lagan.

As my room wasn't ready yet, it was around 10 am when I arrived at the hostel, I went for a walk. First stop, the Ulster Museum, the museum that I thought had the Titanica exhibition and the one that I really wanted to visit, as it had many things related to the transatlantic; but it turned to be just another Science and History museum. It was interesting though, but after being in the British and the National museums...the things there didn't surprise me much. Once I finish watching it (it took me about one hour and a half) I went to the nearest bus stop, to take the Sightseeing Bus, but I ended up taking a regular one to the city centre, as there weren't many of the others and I didn't want to lose time waiting for it(3.4 pounds "All Day" travel ticket). In the city centre, I could that the Tourist bus and do the tour.

The tour itself is ok, as it allows you to see all the city and its wonders in just and hour and a half. The problem was the guide: he talked too much and too fast, so I couldn't catch all that he was saying. Also, the mic was too loud, so I ended up with a little bit of headache.

I didn't do much after that, as everything closed at 17pm... I went to the hostel to relax a bit and then I want to go to a pub to have Guinness while having dinner and watching Barça. I couldn't find anyone with TV screens and with young people in it, so I had a sandwich and I went to the cinema instead.

The second day started after a horrible night. Even though I was extremely tired, I couldn't sleep much due to the snores of my roommate and the horrible bed. After having my breakfast, I took again a bus to the city centre and then the Tourist bus to the Titanic Quarters (my ticket was valid for two days). Like always, I arrive early for my tour, so I went to see what they at the shop and then I waited outside, as it was sunny and hot and read a bit.

My tour started at 11.30 and I have to say that I enjoyed a lot. The guide was amazing and he spoke slow and very clearly, so I didn't have problems understanding him. He told us a lot of interesting things. Once the tour was over, I had the feeling that I know a lot more about the Titanic, her building and the Titanic Quarters.

As I knew that the Museum would take me about 3 hours, I decided to eat first, just a small pizza and a pastry (7 pounds more or less).  I loved the museum, it is very well organized and explained and it is very interactive and entertaining. One of the few things that I recommend about Belfast; but please, do not do like me and come to this city all by yourself and just because of the Museum, save your money for better cities.

And this is all about my little trip to the capital of Northern Ireland, I hope you find the information useful.


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