19.03.2016 - 19.03.2016
Today was the last full day of my trip and included another long day tour with Wild Rover Tours: this time it was to Northern Ireland.
We headed out early again and drove straight to Belfast. Once there we had nearly two hours to spend either visiting the Titanic museum or taking a Time of Troubles tour, which the vast majority chose to do. The tour was very interesting and we were driven around in a black taxi to various places in both the Catholic and Protestant areas of the city. The majority of the stops were near murals commemorating the different martyrs for either side; the driver/guide told us stories about the Troubles at each stop. The most interesting sight was the wall that was built separating the two sides to help prevent the violence. The houses near the wall had additional protection against projectiles that could be thrown over the wall.
On our way to the Giant’s Causeway we stopped briefly near the ruins of Dunluce Castle, which was used as a filming location for Pyke in Game of Thrones. When we reached the Giant’s Causeway I followed the red path along the top of the cliffs and down to the Causeway itself. From above it appeared to be rather unimpressive, but when I reached the bottom I was amazed by everything. There were thousands of rock pillars of various heights extending into the sea. I spent some time climbing around the Causeway, which was rather fun, before following the blue path back up to the bus.
Our final stop for the day was the Carrick A Rede rope bridge, which crosses a 30m deep and 20m wide chasm; the bridge itself is rope and plank, which bounces around as people walk on it. It was thrilling and terrifying at the same time. I made it quickly across and took some amazing pictures from the small island before heading back across the bridge. After the bridge, we headed back to Dublin.
I got back to the hotel around 8:30 and took a quick shower before heading out to Temple Bar. Craig and I continued to text one another and he invited me to join him and one of his friends at a bar (his other friend had gone home that day). I met up with Craig and Desiree at the Gypsy Rose bar where we had a few beers. There was lone musician there playing the guitar; he was pretty talented and we hung out near him as we drank.
Craig was really attractive: taller than my usual type, but he has a great smile and an incredibly cute pouting look. I was instantly attracted to him (I liked his picture on Grindr, but he was even better in person!). We drank a few beers at the bar there and spent time chatting, getting to know one another. We then went over to another bar called The Bad Ass to have some more drinks. After a few beers, Craig and I started to get more friendly. Finally, we went to a gay bar called The George. The place was packed. Craig went in and got cash to pay for the cover charge. We made our way to the second floor, got some drinks and danced for quite a while. Eventually Craig and I started making out too! We finally left around 2am when the club closed. Craig went back to his hotel, but we made plans to get together later in the week when they flew home through Raleigh. I stumbled back to my hotel and fell asleep around 3am.
I had a great time with Craig and am looking forward to seeing more of him once we're both back in NC. :-) It was a fantastic way to end the trip!