I spent weekend in Belfast.  With a population of 500,000 and I don’t think I understand troubles that happened here anymore than I did before I came!

It’s an old gritty city, with nice people, creative restaurants and great old pubs!! The Titanic exhibit is excellent. It’s very well done, in a building as high as ship, (the ship was built here). The Parliament and City Halls are both magnificent buildings in beautiful settings‎!

‎I have tried to capture a lot with pictures. I took a black taxi political tour and had Gerry as driver. He was excellent and funny. Gerry had tattoo of lady on his arm, it was his late mother and it was placed in position where he could kiss it! His taxi was 30 years old, so he had a chain bolted to door inside so the wind wouldn’t take off his door. Pretty clever.

The city centre is full of social housing, very close to the various walls, for many homes the wall is in their backyard, no garden what- so – ever.‎ I saw 3 gates to the other side of walls and apparently they are closed on regular basis. On July 12th, every year, there is a massive orange parade (Protestants) and a bonfire you can see for miles. It burns all night.

The walls are covered with very well done murals. I was told they are done by prisoners and changed every few months (hundreds of them). They represent freedom fighters, people who chose to die of starvation and modern day heroes; Mandela etc.

For me, the most powerful site were the homes with bricked up windows and small bullet proof glass windows. These people lived without light!

They say the walls will come down in 2020, not sure why, and cynical people say it will never happen because of tourists‎.

‎The latest issue is causing a lot of conversation over Theresa May and the Northern Ireland DUP,(in my view not healthy partnership at all). DUP are anti-gay, anti-abortion etc. I personally feel the sooner Mrs May resigns the better. This is dark period for the UK, with Brexit, the election and the fire (what a mess).

Back to England, for the next couple of weeks and then travel to one of my heart homes Newfoundland Canada!

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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2 Responses to Belfast!!

  1. Prue Chambers says:

    Hi Betty Thanks so much for your lovely note. Glad all is going well for you. All is well here, thank God, and the weather has been great! We leave for Europe in just over two weeks and will be gone until August 6th, but around after that, so is there any chance we can meet up? Love as always Prue

    Sent from my iPad


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