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 Haha, Ben & Jerry's 500ml for 2,20e
11.12.2010 17:23

however that was a special offer, it's normally 4,40e but one litre of fresh quality milk however is 50 pence/cents, even bananas are cheaper here than in the south of europe, here one kilo is from 50cents to all the way up to one euro. Food is not outrageously expensive at all, chicken thighs only for 2,50e for a kilo. Go Belfast! But my salary is still on the Spanish level, so I guess standard of life is higher here than in Spain. Belfast jejeje!


( Päivitetty: 11.12.2010 19:18 )

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 Sauna is not the only way to go!
11.12.2010 17:27

It just struck me as I lay sprawled lobstering myself in a defreezingly hot bath in the comfort of my hole in the wall that it is not only the Finnish with their saunas and other nations with their irritating imitations who know what a bath culture means. A nice bath does not actually lose to sauna, both sort of fulfill their function as means of relaxation and providing warmth after a day commuting in ass-freezing blizzard. Not bad at all, not bad at all Belfast


( Päivitetty: 11.12.2010 18:17 )

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 Honest and trusting people!
06.12.2010 23:00

God, I just love how fair, straightforward, trusting and reasonable people are here in Northern Ireland!! I have yet to meet a local asshole -- except for the underaged bike thieves -- but instead plenty of guys easy to get along with and excellent landlords and down-to-earth customer service. Awesome functioning society.

Hmm, aren't there any kickbacks? Not that I can think of, besides you cannot open bank account at all as a foreigner, unless your company does it for you at Bank of Ireland and still you can't get a card that allows you to pay online for the first 6 months.


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 03.12.2010 21:05 | hajaaivo

Before I came here, I thought it's a small city with nothing especially nice. Oh boy I could not have been more wrong. It's awesome!

They say British food is no good. Well, Northern Ireland (the UK probably as well) has splendid food! It suits Nordic taste just fine, and there is a huge selection of food in supermarkets, compared to Barcelona or Helsinki. Moreover, they have got a wider selection of imported food in foreign owned Asian shops than in many bigger cities in the south of Europe, such as Barcelona or Roma. You can find Chinese food stores that even have such a rarity as Bulgogi sauce from Korea, and authentic high quality Thai restaurant called Tree smth with inexpensive prices. And Belfast looks nice, only the weather sucks seriously -- it rains as if gods had urine control problems, little bit seeping out all the bloody time. And it's not warm even in the summer.

Anyway, best thing here are the people. They are so trusting and nice, though so very Northern or even Nordic in their manners. So if you hail from the South of Europe, do prepare yourself for the northern wicked ways and emotional coldness.

And they are smart, here, unlike in Finland or Spain, since you can actually donate your food to charity very easily. I for example fell for the traditional tourist trap, here they apparently think they have the right to sell smth called Mince Meat Pastries filled with Mince Meat. Well, i did not find any mince meat in the list of ingredients, and the taste is horrendous, it's a mixture of rum, dried sultan grapes and whatnot sweet fruit wrapped in a heat-clogging pastry. What the heck?? I was expecting a meal with meat, not some sugar bomb.

Well, I have to continue another time, now I'm off to a my 2 pound pint of Guinness with my boss and my colleagues who are into pouring liqueur onto the stones in the sauna and getting high from that -- logically I should expect a fan-bloody-tastic night amid the snowstorm. If on a winter's night, a traveller... shared a street with polar bears jejeje and girls who walk in mini skirts in the snow, smashed beer bottles on the heads of stupidos or as they call them in some languages, dull cow meat heads and took upon himself not to allow plenty of other gentlemanly endeavours to fall into the historical oblivion of good old wife-burning times. Or maybe it will just be very dull compared to the times I had in Madrid as a member of a butt-kicking EA game tester crew


( Päivitetty: 04.12.2010 16:30 )

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 Belfast in Photos via Street View
04.12.2010 16:26

thx google

city center
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=high+street,+Belfast&sll=54.596184,-5.891041&sspn=0.017056,0.038581&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=High+St,+Belfast,+County+Antrim+BT1,+United+Kingdom&ll=54.59974,-5.927639&spn=0.008477,0.01929&z=16&layer=c&cbll=54.599561,-5.9281&panoid=xIfND_-PGJdta8iiVBd_7A&cbp=12,49.26,,0,5

Local leaning tower
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=high+street,+Belfast&sll=54.596184,-5.891041&sspn=0.017056,0.038581&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=High+St,+Belfast,+County+Antrim+BT1,+United+Kingdom&ll=54.599716,-5.926695&spn=0.033909,0.077162&z=14&layer=c&cbll=54.600311,-5.924497&panoid=lOsvR8hONe8NqA41ttAdWg&cbp=12,2.37,,0,5

Damn, they are imitating Tampere, Finland
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=high+street,+Belfast&sll=54.596184,-5.891041&sspn=0.017056,0.038581&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=High+St,+Belfast,+County+Antrim+BT1,+United+Kingdom&ll=54.599417,-5.919657&spn=0.03391,0.077162&z=14&layer=c&cbll=54.5958,-5.91279&panoid=_ozU8pCEAsp4EYIzF4h0_A&cbp=12,182.37,,0,5

English borough
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=antarctica&sll=54.592118,-5.934205&sspn=0.008218,0.01929&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Antarctica&ll=-62.59415,-59.894742&spn=172.427926,272.109375&z=1&layer=c&cbll=-62.59415,-59.894742&panoid=fotSYjwwmyBkBqPdcTE91w&cbp=12,241.24,,0,2.3


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