After orientation this morning, we met Tim, our guest lecturer and tour guide for the afternoon. He took us around the city and gave insight into the history of it. Dubliners are passionate about their history and try to keep it alive in the city. The buildings have such character to them, including the most detailed carvings that outline the structures. Among the city, there are several archaeological areas that are important to the people of Dublin. Apparently, the city council actually destroyed and built on top of one of these areas, which upset the locals. Those new buildings have a more modern feel and do not quite match the feel of the city. However, the history remains in the older parts still scattered around. For instance, we visited a castle, or what was really a very old, round stone structure. Back in the day, it was a prison during the civil war. Our guide told us that only one prisoner ever escaped, and he did so during the cold month of January and ended up losing a few toes on his journey back home. Aside from that story, as I mentioned earlier, there is a mix of modern and older buildings. That mix shows the economic developments being made. Dublin provides a peek into the past but also displays shifts toward the future. Though, what a wonderful concept, the atmosphere can be conflicting with such different characters next to each other. I prefer the older version because it feels the most genuine, the Dublin that the people are holding onto. At the same time, I am also for the development and globalization to the city; this brings a whole new side of business to the economy. I just wish it could fit in with the original city.
I cannot wait to learn more about Dublin and discover more of its hidden treasures!