Passage through Dublin
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June 4th, 2008 – by: Adrian_Liston
I wandered from Christ Church Cathedral to Temple Bar, one of the few places in Dublin with the original medieval street pattern (complete with cobblestone streets), but fairly missable as it seems to have had the culture sucked out of it by tourism/capitalism. Close to Temple Bar is Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I (making it the last of the seven ancient universities of the English-speaking world). The campus is quite beautiful. By this point I was running out of time, so I walked to Conolley station to catch a train to Maynooth.
I was quite surprised in a way that Dublin didn't seem very... Irish. It sort of looked like a lot of Australian cities. The pedestrian mall could have been translocated with Rundle Mall in Adelaide, while most of the buildings looked just like the neighbourhoods in London. I guess the long occupation by the British left its heavy mark on the city, and the recent economic expansion has brought about the global homogenisation.
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