Déjà vu in Europe

5/24/2016

By Ally Hamzey

I knew when coming here that the amount of history that Europe has is substantially more dense than the amount America has. I never knew how different it would feel once I saw such landmarks and layers of history with my own eyes, though. There’s some sort of bizarre connection to old places when I encounter them hundreds of years after their origin. Sort of like a That’s So Raven moment, but opposite. Visions of the past. Imagining what people in the same setting on the same place of land were doing, yet hundreds of years ago.

I experienced this kind of pensive questioning when we toured Trinity College of Dublin today. I thought MSU was an old school, but it seems a whole lot newer when you compare it to the year 1592, when Trinity College was established.

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The Holy Trinity.

The old, gorgeous buildings at Trinity were stunning to the eyes, but the stories that were contained within them were even more intriguing. Our tour guide told us of a residential hall that is said to be haunted by a professor. Story goes, two students threw a rock at a rather crabby professor’s window one night. In his rage, he grabbed his rifle beneath his bed and fired a few rounds, although unsuccessful in injuring the students.

The students came back with a pistol of their own, and shot the professor. There wasn’t a blatant or specific law against injuring a professor at the time, so the students didn’t even face expulsion.

That was just one of many mind boggling stories that I imagine occurred on that campus. The stories that are attached to such old places, such as this university that originated in the 1500s, make the beautiful buildings and the attractions have all the more depth.

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A sculpture or sphere outside of the Berkley Library.

 

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