April 6th, 2014
I'm writing this from the future! Spooky! I'm still getting used to how Bokeh works so I'm trying to put pics on the day they happened, not the day I'm posting them.
Anyway, last Sunday was a really busy day for us! We started with a Black Cab Tour, which takes visitors to a bunch of sites related to "The Troubles" - a long period of fighting between the majority-Protestant UK loyalists and the majority-Catholic Irish separatists. Google it if you're unfamiliar and you may be shocked to learn about the decades of vicious violence that took place here in Belfast. I'd read a lot about it before we came here, but the tour really made it real for me. So many people died, and a lot if them were civilian casualties. Very sad.
There is a tenuous peace in Belfast now, partly due to the "peace wall" - a giant wall that divides Catholic neighborhoods from Protestant ones with gates that close at night. There are also many art projects and murals around the city that celebrate martyrs or lament tragedies. Some pictures, without comment, are below.
This one needs commentary. Look at this guy. He's got a backwards baseball cap and a gold chain. He looks like a douchebag! And yet, he's painted on a wall because he's the hero to one side for killing a bunch of people on the other side. This is an illustration of why war is BS - it glorifies dudes like this, who probably would have been murderers regardless (he's described as a psychopath, even by people on his own side). Crazy!