Two years ago, I was nearly beheaded in Belfast.
Over the last decade, Northern Ireland has been establishing a reputation for itself with its world-class screen industry. The most publicized production to have taken place there is the filming of HBO’s Game of Thrones. I traveled to Belfast to explore.
Outside the Belfast International Youth Hostel, I greeted my tour guide, Michael, and off we went to Castle Ward Estate in County Down. As we left the hostel in our wake, Michael wasted no time in putting out a disclaimer to his tour group. “To be frank with you lot, I’m not a Game of Thrones fan so please don’t ask me who my favourite character is because I don’t watch it.” As one, we nodded understandingly – a person had to put food on the table. An explosion of sound erupted from the front of the coach...
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