By: Student Traveler (justin) 2012.01.06
Finally able to breathe after years of conflict, Belfast is coming into its own as a burgeoning metropolis. Its various shopping centers sell everything from strawberries to luxury watchwear. The city's people are kind and friendly, even though you don't have to go far to find someone who not only remembers "The Troubles" but can recall a time when a policeman frisked you before you entered the city center. But far from having resentment and a "hush-hush" attitude, the people of Belfast engage with their history; black cab tours of West Belfast, the area of hottest conflict, have become a popular tourist destination. Think of Belfast as Dublin's badass older brother who plays in a bad: he's cool, gritty and gets tons of groupies. Head to Belfast to become one yourself.
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