By hugosmithoriginals, Feb 17 2017 11:37AM
I am in Belfast most days. I suppose it isn't the only city centre to go through transformations. However, not too many have the past that Belfast has. Security checkpoints and searches are a thing of the past. The circle of steel that used to exist around the city centre has been replaced with smart shopping, coffee shops, restaurants, bars and office buildings. I can remember the bus being stopped at the edge of the city to allow a security guard to alight and check for suspicious objects on board. Thankfully for youger generations they have no recollection.
Famous for bombings and riots, the new Belfast is very different. Maybe I am just older now but the kids seem more relaxed and more comfortable around each other. The tribalness seems to be diminishing and acceotance of each other is clear to see.
I am sure it isn't perfect, but a night out in Belfast is now something to look forward to rather than something you try.
I think the history and 'the troubles' give Belfast a uniqueness. Everyone should visit and take in the feel of the place. I know it is my home, but I think it is special and I think it has something for everyone. If we had 200 more days of sunshine it would be even better.