I'll just reiterate what other VT-ers have written about the Troubles.
People are still raw, the peace is still fragile (there are still killings....one happened in June 2010), the whole thing is still unutterably painful.
Not something to discuss, and certainly not something to ask about.
You'll be perfectly safe exploring the city, you don't need to worry about that. But whatever you might think you know, keep it to yourself. People need time to heal, to move forward, to make a better life for their children. They don't need to answer your questions, or to be reminded of the past.
When visiting Belfast please be aware of the local wildlife. You will recognize them by the blatant cheapness and nastiness of their tracksuit, their chunky gold chains and their unusual swaggering gait. Young females (from 15yrs upwards) will invariably be accompanied by several young children with shaven heads and gold earings. These females will normally be bright orange from too much fake tan and will occasionally be spotted wearing their pyjamas, even in the town centre. Young males of this species will mark their territory by spitting on the ground and dropping litter on the ground, often within a few metres of a bin. They often respond to eye contact with a barrage of insults in their native language which is not unsimilar to the quacking of a very irrate duck. Please do not feed our local wildlife as their stomachs have evolved over many years to cope with cheap cider and £1 pizzas from Iceland.
Very unprofessional tour. Late to leave. Many of the seats were broken. Microphone didn't work. We stopped for about 15 minutes while the guide tried to fix it. In the end he had to shout. No one at the back could hear. But worst of all, the driver cut out about a third of the tour around the University area of Belfast. I'm from NI and was taking my Canadian friend and I was embarrassed by the whole thing. And worst was the company's reaction to our complaints. I am still waiting for a response.
there may be groups of young adults aimlessly sitting around the city hall, i would not say it is advisable to get involved with them perticularly. unless mearly for a chat.
a majority of them are on countless amounts of drugs or drunk, from about 12.30 in the afternoon>10pm they will be talking about getting 'bumbles' or 'doin ***ets' they will be floating around the town not knowing what they are doing perticularly and quite possibally starting fights.
generaly avoid them if possible. if you ask them to help you get drugs they will probally steal your money and run off.
not to be negative, not everyone is like that, but there is the selection to be careful of.
When cycling along the North foreshore Coastal path straddling Belfast Lough - undoubtedly one of the best urban cycle trips in western Europe-, please be aware of pensioners who smile at you aimlessly. Invariably, they will be accompanied by cranially challenged unleashed dogs.
Whilst you study the octagenarian's demeanour, their canine accomplice will have acted as a biological brake for your cycle,forcing you into a practical demonstration of Newton's second law of motion - every action -> the dog stopping your cycle - has an equal reaction -> your head (preferably with helmet) penetrating terma firma.
Remonstrations, with or without paramedics ,will be met with the words 'Rover was only playing' , 'the wee dear's crying' or ' thursday'.
people in the city centre follow a common protocol, dont talk politics. leave your opinions at home or if you must, keep it to yourself. Belfast is the safest city in the UK but when trouble starts, it really starts. Nobody hates anything more than American/Australian tourists claiming to descend from here and argue about the easter rising/ battle of the boyne because of research they have done at their local library. We lived through it so leave that to us.
In more rural areas it can be advisable to keep your windows closed if you stop the car at traffic lights. While local wildlife is on the whole friendly, it's breath can be less than appealing at times. Normally a few civil words and a gentle pat and they will be on their way.
Will be quite expensive... The fee varies between different areas.
This one is in Botanic Garden area.
Seems like authorities are serious..
Like many European cities, Belfast is now infested with traffic speed cameras. We do however provide advanced warning of these.
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