I have done 10 facts about China and Mexico….. Now it’s Ireland’s turn!
- The Irish flag consists of vertical stripes of green, white and orange. Green represents the Nationalists of the Republic of Ireland, the orange represents the Unionists of Northern Ireland … and the white signifies the peace between the two.
2. The worlds longest running talk show comes from Ireland; RTE’s ‘The Late Late Show’.
3. The White House in Washington was designed by an Irish man.
4. Ireland has it’s own sports; hurling and gaelic football.
Video Clip of Hurling
Video Clip of Gaelic Football
5. There are no wild snakes in Ireland.
6. The harp is the national symbol.
7. Halloween derived from an Irish festival called Samhain. It is a Gaelic Festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
8. The island is divided into Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the UK, while Southern Ireland is called the ‘Republic of Ireland’ and is an independent country.
9. Has two official languages; Irish and English.
10. Brú na Bóinne is a Megalithic site and it is even older than the Egyptian pyramids!
There you have it, some interesting facts about Ireland!
I’ve only been to Belfast once before, even though we live about 1 hour away! So I headed with Rafa, my sister and her boyfriend for a day trip. Thankfully the weather was good too! I imagined Belfast would be quite large, but it’s actually quite small! Theres a different vibe to Dublin there, and the architecture from the older buildings was lovely.
We went a day before the 12th of July.This is when the Protestants celebrate the victory of King Williams battle of the Boyne in 1690. During this time there were a lot of Union Jack flags flying around the city and there were building big bonfires. Although unfortunately when they light them they put Irish flags on, as well as effigies of pro-Nationalist figures, which is sad to see.
It was a great time to visit and see the huge bonfires though! We also went on a ‘Black Taxi Tour’, it was fascinating to see the differences between the Catholic and Protestant sides of the city. Apparently the wall separating them, was built even before the Berlin Wall. A poll suggested that the people, on both sides prefer the wall to stay standing as they feel safer. It has actually gotten taller recently too!
Belfast is a lovely city to visit and it’s full of history.(although somewhat turbulent).
Preparation for the 12th of July parade.
Murals on the Catholic side.
Bobby Sands: a hunger strike volunteer.
The wall dividing the Catholic and Protestants. This is the Protestant side.
So it’s been 2 weeks since I arrived home! Weather is of course being unpredictable; sunny one minute, rain the next. Some things have changed our holiday plans with an accident of a family member a few days prior to me coming home, so that put me down for a few days. The family planned on travelling around Ireland and sightseeing, but with the accident that hasn’t gone to plan. The main reason to visit was to spend time with the family and go with them to places. So now it’s mainly just me and Rafa that go to places. But the accident could have been a lot worse so we are lucky.
Later today we head to Paris to visit my boyfriends sister and boyfriend. Apparently the weather is much nicer there. Then we are back in Ireland for another week.
Our plan to study Chinese has also stopped. Due to being busy with my nephews, and sadly our lack of interest. It’s amazing how being away from an environment where everyone speaks Mandarin, our interest in it has dwindled. I suppose now, we don’t need to speak it, so we don’t need to learn it. I’ve studied a bit and I’m forgetting quite a few characters, so we’ll have to study a lot when we return!
I’ve also been seeing many relatives. With me being home, and with my family members accident, I suppose they can ‘kill two birds with one stone’ as they say. But it’s nice to see them!
Food wise, I’ve been treating myself quite a lot, chocolates, jelly sweets, crisps, take-aways. Mum has nearly everything on the food list I made for her done. And luckily, my clothes here still fit me!
I’m looking forward to going to France and visiting Paris again.
I am so excited at the fact that we have booked our flights to IRELAND! HOME! After a year and a half in China I’ll be able to see my family and of course my new niece or nephew. By that stage, she/he will be around 6 months old which is a great age. They can actually do more than just eat, sleep, cry and poop.
We are flying from Chengdu on the 1st of July, so only a few months to go. I think I can wait that long.
I can’t wait to;
-Drink Irish tea.
-Eat Mums dinners.
-Sleep in my own room.
-Watch and understand TV.
-Visit my friends.
-Play with my nephew.
-Play with my new niece/nephew.
-Let my boyfriend meet my family.
-Get him to try Irish food: Tayto crisps, sunday dinners, my Dads pancakes, Irish coffee.
-Have chats with the family about the past year and a half.
-Burst out my knowledge of Mandarin to people.
-Bring my boyfriend to Dublin, Northern Ireland and around the whole of Ireland.
But most important one of all is just that I’ll be with my family.
I hope the weather will be great, but if not…. it’s Ireland. I’m prepared for it.