"Why would you leave sunny California to come to Northern Ireland?" This was one of the first questions I got when chatting with a local Irishman. I didn't have a good answer at the time. Why would someone come to Northern Ireland, specifically Derry? My time in this fascinating culture and intriguing people has lead me to an answer.
|Mural in remembrance of the "troubles"|
|Former combatants, James and Charlie|
sharing their stories.
Why would I visit Derry, Northern Ireland? The answers are immense. I have never spent time with a more welcoming, appreciative, or generous people than those in Derry. It doesn't take much time spent with an Irishman (or woman) to feel as though you've been friends for years. It is a community that is full of beautiful healthy landscapes, the majestic Rive Foyle, historic museums and tours, city walls that have stood the test of time, vibrant architecture, and rich culture. The community is one of a kind.
|The Derry Peace Bridge|