Well rested and rearing to go, we embarked on a full day tour of Dublin each with our own ideas and itineraries. The highlights were Guinness Storehouse, St. Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, and the secret alleyways that held prospective photo opportunities. Junior EJ Kohner said this about his experience of Dublin thus far, “Being able to walk the streets and see St. Stephen’s green and Trinity College peaks my interest for the deeper history of Ireland and what else Dublin has to offer.”
Indeed, students have really been able to walk the whole city, whether it be finding Grafton Street and Anne’s Lane that held hanging umbrellas or exploring St Stephen’s Green and running from the pesky pigeons. On the surface, Dublin is a timeless city, with brick deco lining residential neighborhoods and side streets covered with brightly colored doors and homely pubs. As we begin to delve into our readings on “moral imagination” and how peace movements only succeed when both sides step away and see a new perspective. After discussion, we then look at all these tourist sites in a new light whether it be the international hub that is Dublin and seeing many mixed cultures compared to the smaller towns we will be visiting later on.