Greetings from Belfast!

We spent our first few days abroad in Stockholm, sleeping in a boat/hotel. The weather was mostly sunny, the wine was light but nice and there was all the pickled herring you could eat. I love pickled herring (yes, it’s an aquired taste). Swedes are a lot friendlier than they appear to be in the Bergman movies.

We were somewhere over the Atlantic when the terror scare gripped Britain, and we landed in Dublin airport, not Heathrow, so we missed the bag checks/liquid prohibitions. We’ll see how the return trip goes. So far, the greatest danger has been learning to drive on the other side of the road. It’s comparable to driving at high speeds, backwards. Any drive that we can walk away from is a good drive.

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5 Responses to Greetings from Belfast!

  1. Henry Barth says:

    Driving in Ireland is the same as in Swedem, but the Irish drivers are much worse. 60% of Irish drivers only have Learners Permits (The large red “L” you’ll see in the rear window.)

    All in all you’ll like Ireland…second most expensive country in Euroland. Try to go to the northwest: (Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Roscommon) rather than touristy areas like Dublin and the south (Kerry, Cork. Clare, Galway). The northwest is still like Ireland used to be.

  2. Henry Barth says:

    Driving in Ireland is the same as in Swedem, but the Irish drivers are much worse. 60% of Irish drivers only have Learners Permits (The large red “L” you’ll see in the rear window.)

    All in all you’ll like Ireland…second most expensive country in Euroland. Try to go to the northwest: (Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Roscommon) rather than touristy areas like Dublin and the south (Kerry, Cork. Clare, Galway). The northwest is still like Ireland used to be.

  3. mary says:

    Hi Henry – thanks for the helpful info. I’m just about to go for a drive along the winding roads along the coast – I’ll keep an eye out for those large red L’s.

    We’re going on a bit of an Irish roadtrip, visiting relatives in the northwest and the south. My uncle, Joe McGowan, who lives in Sligo, has written a few books about Sligo’s history but he says that even this area is changing. I haven’t been to Ireland since 1983, and it seems like a much different place.

  4. mary says:

    Hi Henry – thanks for the helpful info. I’m just about to go for a drive along the winding roads along the coast – I’ll keep an eye out for those large red L’s.

    We’re going on a bit of an Irish roadtrip, visiting relatives in the northwest and the south. My uncle, Joe McGowan, who lives in Sligo, has written a few books about Sligo’s history but he says that even this area is changing. I haven’t been to Ireland since 1983, and it seems like a much different place.

  5. heathrow says:

    Leisure travel agents and UK business remain positive about bookings regardless of the deprived economic outlook, as per a survey by Amadeus, a distribution system firm and travel technology.

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