A member country of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland occupies just 1/6th of the island of Ireland which it shares with the Republic of Ireland. The dynamic history of the land combined with the rich music, food, culture and traditions make this a unique study abroad location. Belfast is the capital and largest city of the country, with many smaller cities, towns and villages strewn throughout the countryside.
The country is known for its breathtaking coastline dotted with castles and awe-inspiring vistas. Because of the large amounts of rain, the countryside glows a vibrant green throughout much of year. While Northern Ireland experienced about 30 years of 'The Troubles,' an era of peace has developed in the country within the last decade. Northern Ireland has become a major tourist draw and is considered one of the best kept secrets of Western Europe.
I joined the Mountaineering Club at Queens and it was easily my best on the spot decision. With this club I met fantastic people, the kind of individuals who accept anyone and everyone.