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26 April 2005

admin entry: belfast, northern ireland

i'm in belfast, northern ireland!

i decided not to visit the isle of skye in northern scotland after researching transportation options down to ireland. skye is fairly remote and transportation costs there from inverness and then down to northern ireland were prohibitive. so... £25 later, i'm in belfast. just got in. i'm planning to stay here two nights and am going to try to make it up to the northern coast tomorrow.

here are some random thoughts:

. the lake in the gallery pictures from drumnadrochit, scotland, is none other than loch ness. if you look very closely, you'll be able to see a shadowy beast in one of the pictures. just keep looking... it's there.

. internet access in inverness and here in belfast... hell, everywhere in the uk... is ridiculously expensive. £1 for 20 minutes? i can't even check my email in 20 minutes let alone update the site. i've been coming across mostly locked down systems which take coins like arcade games. no usb access, no ssh access, no admin access... how am i supposed to load the virus with conditions like this? blah.

. the mullet hawk... mulhawk... mollet... not sure what it's called, but it's coming back in a big way in scotland. i'm growing mine out.

. i've seen four boston red sox hats and one pittsburgh steelers shirt in the uk. more popular... nyc gear.

. what happened to the simple 'brrrring' ringtone on cellphones? today i heard the muppets theme song on someone's cellphone.

. in inverness, someone incorrectly guessed my age as 22. yes, i was born in 1983.

. i have never seen more open green fields than i have in scotland. who mows all this grass? apparently the sheep do. i'm talking miles and miles and miles of fields filled with short green grass...

. on the tv behind me, there is a special on the hell's angels... quote from former hell's angel: 'the hell's angels... when i was there... in the 60's and 70's... were ten times worse than your worse nightmare. it was pure evil.' ha. speaking of tv... watched a steven segal movie in the hostel last night. not sure what movie it was... he's in japan... doesn't really matter... but the bad guys kept talking about killing the american. i was the only american in the room filled with about twenty other people.

okay... i have some entries to add from saturday through monday. those will be coming as soon as i have 'real' internet access.

posted by paul on Tue 26 Apr 2005 at 17:46:01 est (-05:00)

comments

Hey Paul! Is Ireland beautiful? I got your tux! love you!

posted by Jenn on Wed 27 Apr 2005 at 18:18:06 est (-05:00)

thanks for the warning re: mulhawk. it seems inevitable it will show up again here in the US. altho in some areas, it never left.

i am confused... do you have to check out & in of a hostel every day? or only if you don't book it as one block of time? how much do these things cost per night?

posted by donna on Fri 29 Apr 2005 at 17:13:48 est (-05:00)

jenn: ireland is very beautiful. so many green grass fields.

donna: mulhawk... yes. it shall be mine. oh, it shall be mine. as for the hostels, if you book a couple nights in advance then no, you don't have to check out and back in. in some places you can book another night in the morning and they'll let you keep your stuff in your room, but i have encountered several places that will make you check out and then back in if you try to book another night in the morning. i think the cheapest room i've stayed in was $17 us... the most expensive has been about $27 us. i just figured out my finances... i've been spending an average of $69 us a day.

posted by paul recon on Sat 30 Apr 2005 at 15:34:27 est (-05:00)

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