I felt a connection to Belfast. Tough and blue-collar, in some ways it reminded me of Pittsburgh, my hometown.
It has neighborhoods with small, brick, working-class houses; university neighborhoods with tree-lined streets; neighborhoods with trendy shops.
Unlike Pittsburgh, Belfast’s predominant industry still exists today. They built the Titanic in Belfast, and still build ships today. All the tourist brochures mention the Titanic, and we saw t-shirts with the slogan “she was fine when she left.” That may be true, but I’m not sure I’d brag about building the Titanic.