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Postcard number: 021
Bought in: Derry, Northern Ireland
Sent to: Aizza in the Phillipines
Written: 6 March 2010
Sent: 7 March 2010

Front of postcard 021: Derry, Northern Ireland

Back of postcard 021: Derry, Northern Ireland

Text says:

6 March 2010, London UK

Dear Aizza,

Hello from London!  I bought this postcard in 2008 when, on a long weekend, we visited Dublin and Northern Ireland.  Derry was one of the most interesting, and indeed welcoming, places we stayed in.  In high school, back in New Zealand, I’d studied modern Irish history and I’d often heard about ‘the troubles’ on the television news.  However, in Derry we were given a tour of the Bogside by a man who’d lived there through those times.  The emotion in his voice when he talked about his friends and the murals shown on this postcard, painted on the side of buildings, made it all seem a lot more real, more complex, more terribly sad.

In some ways, I think travel has taught me a lot more than traditional education – which seems a good reason to keep visiting new places.  Perhaps one day I’ll make it to your part of the world.  For now, I’m sending this postcard with warm wishes,


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