Nathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Nathan discusses the differences between Dublin and Belfast after a trip to Northern Ireland.
If you’ve skimmed any of my other blogs, you might know I’m from a small town on the coast of Maine called Camden. My childhood tastes of Irish culture, apart from the Irish-run general store in the center of my town, came from driving up the coast to the summer Celtic festival in Belfast, Maine. Most of the food vendors and artisans that flooded the festival were locals making their way around the festival circuit, adapting their products ever so slightly to Irish and Scottish culture, but every summer the music is distinctly Celtic; what a festival or venue in the city might call “trad.”
This weekend, as our final CAPA MyEducation outing, we took a drive up the coast from Dublin to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city. Though it’s on the same island, and has Ireland in the name, Northern Ireland is an entirely different country, and definitely feels like it. There’s no wall, gate, or security to mark its border, but the subtle differences in culture, society, and even landscape become obvious almost as soon as you cross over.
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