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how fast is Belfast?

Written on: Tuesday June 10th, 2008

A journal entry from: Exploring the Baltic Sea by Yacht

How fast is Belfast? Three hours, if you're me. That's how long I had to explore this new city. I rode my bike away from the boat as fast I could, with an almost nervous feeling. When you only have three hours, you don't want to get lost, or take a wrong turn and end up missing all of the important 'must-sees' of a place. And anyone who knows me knows that I have a terrible sense of direction, and a habit of getting lost even in my own hometown, let alone in a foreign city. So you can understand why I was a bit nervous as I cycled into town from the shipyard.

Since our boat is so big, we had to dock in the commercial docks of Belfast, which are coincidentally, not that far from where the Titanic was built. I rode my bike around town, frantically snapping pictures and almost colliding with cars (still not used to driving on the other side of the road yet). I managed to find some beautiful small spots in town, as well as Saint Anne's Cathedral (I think in all of my travels, I have seen a few of these...) I also located City Hall, and a giant ferris wheel next to it. For a whopping $14 I rode around on the Belfast Wheel for 15 minutes, getting a bird's eye view of this new city. It was a complete tourist trap, but when you only have a few hours, sometimes its not so bad to do something a bit touristy.

I encountered a professional photographer at City Hall, snapping some photos of someone important looking. When he wasn't busy, I asked him to take a picture of me, you know, something with a bit of the building, a bit of the ferris wheel... a nice picture. Well, this guy takes a picture of me and the sidewalk. Good job man. Oh well. I think he might have to  consider switching professions or something.

After a quick stroll with my awkward bike, and being hassled by some very insistent, bible-pushing little old ladies who assured me God still loves me, even if I refused their flyer (for environmental reasons - apparently God loves clients more than the environment) I had to head back to the boat.

Americans who own yachts seem to like to see a country a day (sometimes more) so our next stop is Scotland.