|Belfast's Leaning Clocktower|
All the US Fulbright exchange teachers in the UK were given the opportunity to come together one last time for an "endcap" meeting in Belfast. I've never been to Northern Ireland before, so I was really excited to see the area and connect with my Fulbright friends. We all had an opportunity to share what we have experienced this year and to prepare for the transition back to our lives in the US. We were also given a bus tour of Belfast.
|The Big Fish is located at the confluence of the |
River Farset and the River Lagan
|Thanksgiving Sculpture by the River|
|I'm not really sure what this bit of public|
art is all about.
|The Speaker celebrates the tradition of public|
speaking at the Custom House Square
|Fulbrighters at the Peace Wall that separates Catholic and Protestant Belfasat|
|Adding my message to the Peace Wall|
|Fulbright also treated us to a tour of the Titanic Museum|
At our Endcap meeting, all the Fulbrighters gave presentations about their year. It was so interesting to see what we had all accomplished! Almost everyone else presented their year in lovely powerpoint form, but since I'm clueless about this technology, I presented my year in song.
On our second day in Belfast, the Fulbright teachers had an opportunity to visit some of the local schools. I really enjoyed seeing other primary classes in action and the chance to talk to the teachers.
|Irish and American Teachers and One Little Boy|
|Fulbright Class of 2012-2013|
We ended our day by visiting some of the local pubs for a chance to hear some traditional music.
|This band was really fun!|
|Fulbrighters at the Pub|
Most of us were able to stay over the weekend for some additional sightseeing. We rented a couple of cars and hit the road to the rocky islands of Carrrick-a-Rede, which are connected by a rope bridge.
|Rugged Carrick-a-Rede Coast|
|Me on the Bridge|
|The Rope Bridge|
|Tessa wasn't sure she could make it across, but she brilliantly|
faced her fears and traversed the bridge in fine style!
|We all made it to the other side!|
|The coast of Ireland is so beautiful!!|
Our next destination was the Giant's Causeway. I was so excited to see this area, as every year around St. Patrick's Day I read stories of the giants Finn McCool and Cuchulainn who are legendary here.
|The shape of the rocks is amazing!|
|Fulbrighters reaching new heights!|
|I'm walking in the footsteps of giants!|
|In the "Wishing Seat"|
|Amazing formations on the Giant's Causeway|
|Rebecca, Jessica and Niki in the Old Lady's Shoe|
|Natural Columns of the Giant's Causeway|
|Near the Giant's Causeway we made a quick stop at the ruins of|
|Another view of Dunluce Castle|
|Fulbrighters are always on a quest for knowledge, so we took |
a tour of the Bushmills Distillery, Ireland's oldest whiskey distillery.
It was really wonderful to connect with the amazing teachers with whom I began my Fulbright journey. We have all learned so much and have had so many incredible experiences this year.
None of us will ever forget our "Year of Yes"!