We loaded up his car and made the 2 hour trek north to Belfast (or just outside Belfast where Thomas lives). We stopped by a McDonalds to pick up some breakfast. I also found out that they use "chip & pin" with their credit cards and I don't have a pin for my card as we don't use that system here in the US. So I had to pay with my debt card which of course accrued a ton of fees so this 11 pound breakfast turned into a 25 dollar crazy expensive breakfast.
Anyways we made our way to Thomas' place and crashed for a few hours. I didn't want to sleep as I was hoping to stay up all day so I wouldn't be hit so hard from the jet lag. I did take a shower/bath at Thomas and that helped a bit but I was already very tired.
Next was Knockagh Monument, which is a war memorial in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is located on top of Knockagh Hill, above the village of Greenisland with a panoramic view of the city of Belfast.
The monument is cool looking but the views are amazing. Even with the grey cloudy skies the views were still incredible...
My favorite part of the castle are the stairs on the outside, which were a gift from another country (I can't recall which country at the moment).
After Belfast Castle we headed down to city centre where they were celebrating St. Patrick's Day (a day early). There was a parade and a concert. By the time we got down there and parked the parade was over (we caught the tail end of it) but we did get to enjoy some of the traditional Irish music at the concert.
And after 34 hours of being awake I was finally able to sleep.. Tomorrow we drive to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day... gonna be fun.