The focus of this semester has been the Northern Ireland conflict which, if you didn’t know, was (correct tense is debatable) a period of strife between Nationalists and Unionists during the 20th century. There are many differences between the two groups, but the foremost difference during the conflict was in regard to Home Rule (to what extent should Ireland/Northern Ireland should be a sovereign nation or remain under the control of Britain). I just finished a paper outlining the “irreconcilable” differences undergirding the conflict so I won’t bore you with a historical account of the differences—religious, economic, educational, political, etc. Instead, I’m going to use this post to outline and jot down some of the ways I’ve seen this cultural division manifested today.
One week ago today, I was in the car with the program leader on the way to Corrymeela (a Christian reconciliation center in northern Northern Ireland) after just landing in Belfast. It was a hell of a trip involving 2 cancelled flights, 1 last second $110 taxi ride from Laguardia to Newark, 5 days of […]
Tomorrow morning I will be boarding a plane to Northern Ireland where I will be spending the entire semester through an Earlham study abroad program. As the semester progresses, I will be updating my blog with pictures, travel logs, pub reviews, and anecdotes.