18 year old student from New York (hence the username!), studying at NUIG until Christmas. Would love to go to Belfast and check the city out for a bit, also visit a friend and his family. I remain a huge hockey fan, so a Giants game at the Odyssey is a must.
There are plenty of threads from prospective visitors asking if Belfast is dangerous, what areas are terrible, etc. Personally, I find that scaring yourself by ruminating on strictly the negatives of a city is not the most productive way of planning a trip.
Now don't count me naive, I know to keep my wits about me, same as in any large urban area. I've had a shade of experience in my young life. Every big, populated city has rough spots and places where incidents may occur.
Ok, sorry, now to my point - it is time to hear what is NICE about Belfast! Or any surrounding areas as well, not just the city centre. Prove right my assertion that the positives of this area must far overshadow all the rest! I would love to get suggestions on what to do with my time there.
If you feel otherwise, please, feel free to give advice. Although fair warning, I'm still going!