Today, I had an amazing time on the tours of Dublin.
We started off the morning at the Griffith College cafeteria and had a tasty Irish breakfast. Following breakfast, we had an orientation with Hayley, our Dublin Coordinator through the CAPA program. We went through rules and regulations and got connected with CAPA services through their own app.
Following orientation, the group went to Norrington Cafe, where I ate the best fish tacos I have had in my life. The fish was flavorful and was not covered with breaded garbage or fried garbage. It had a light fry but was very rich in flavor. I will be going back again in the next two weeks.
From the cafe, the group met our walking tour guide, Tim, who just earned his Ph.D. in History from Trinity college last year. Tim took us on a historical walking tour and gave us 2 hours of amazing Irish history. Tim also provided his own historiography to different iconic moments in Irish history. For example, Tim voiced his disappointment for the Irish government for constructing the Dublin City Council building on top of the oldest Viking historic landmark in Dublin, destroying the history behind the birth of Ireland.
Tim was amazing and provided perspective, clarity, and amazing detail of Dublin’s history. Tim made me excited about his own city, and I want to learn more about Irish history as the trip moves on.
After Tim’s tour, we jumped on the Hop-on, Hop-off tour, a bus tour that took us around the city that we couldn’t access on our historical walking tour. On the tour, we drove through the modern corporate area of Dublin. It was completely different from the historical walking tour, with big, modern buildings housing the most notable tech companies of the 21st century. The modern part showed how globalization has taken ahold of Dublin.
Tim told us how Dublin has seen growth and decline within each century. As Tim explained, Dublin was a thriving community in the 18th century, but as soon as the Industrial Revolution ignited the world, Dublin fell behind, losing to the industrious city of Northern Ireland: Belfast. Today, Dublin has re-claimed their throne as the most populated city in Ireland, and it is through the new wave of globalization that Dublin as re-ignited themselves.
I am loving Dublin more and more each day, and am excited to visit businesses in the city and compare and contrast the inner-workings of businesses between the U.S. and Europe.