THE PERCEPTION OF IRELAND BY THREE ITALIAN STUDENTS

A group of Italian students from Liceo Linguistico and Liceo Scientifico of Treviso, have been in Ireland for a three week course of English with Travelling Languages School in Dublin. Three of these students, Davide Molin, Francesca Possa and Nicoletta Sartor were assigned to italvideonewstv.net for the compilation of journalistic reportages. To conclude the work thus carried out they have written individual essays on the theme “My percepion of Ireland” which we now have the pleasure of publishing below.
DAVIDE MOLIN
Before I arrived in Dublin I was virtually being devoured by anxiety and fear about the upcoming experience, in fact it was the very first time I would be away from home for a long period but now that my adventure in Ireland is about to come to an end I have mixed feelings. I would like to return to my beloved Italy but I would also like to remain here in this green island.
Here is my perception of Ireland.
Dublin, the capital city, is often pretty crowded and busy and the busses are practically always late, however there are many places where you can chill out a bit, especially St. Stephen’s green park where I have spent many afternoons with my friends.
Moreover, I have really enjoyed visiting the historical sites and being enchanted by the landscapes of this country, such as Powerscourt House and Gardens, Glendalough, Howth and the very well known Cliffs of Moher. In these locations you can admire wonderful gardens of every kind, flowers with divine scents, ruins of ancient villages, huge lakes situated between valleys and enormous cliffs overlooking the sea with a splendid view. I have also had the opportunity to experience the taste of Irish tea with milk for the first time, definitely a strange experience for me, and what about the colourful district of Temple Bar which to many observers is the the “Trastevere of Dublin”.
All in all I would feel ashamed if I didn’t say a few words about Irish people who are rarely unpleasant and always manage to make you feel at ease and who like talking to you at every available opportunity. All this is what makes you want to return to Ireland. But if you do come back here, just make sure you bring an umbrella with you: it’s a golden rule.
FRANCESCA POSSA
I’ve been in Dublin for three weeks. During this period I’ve visited lots of places such as Powerscourt, Glendalough, Trinity College and many others.
I’ve also been to the West, in particular to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway.
Three weeks aren’t a long time, but they are enough to appreciate many aspects of Irish life.
The first one that catches your eyes is the way people drive: on the left side of the road. That’s particularly strange for me as an Italian.
Something else that I found weird is that there are no zebra crossings and that the traffic lights are red for a long time, and when the lights turn green people have only a few seconds to cross the street.
But now let’s focus on the things I really love about this country!
You don’t need to have a car to go around Ireland, because there are a lot of means of transportation at any time of the day, so if you miss the bus, you do not have to worry, there is another one in five minutes!
Dublin is a very lively city with all its artists, who perform in the streets acting and playing good music.
What about Irish people? They are lovely, they are always friendly and try to make conversation with you. They are also very polite!
Last but not least are the amazing Irish landscapes, both on land and by the sea.
NICOLETTA SARTOR
Dublin is a city you grow to love with time; for more than a place, it is a lifestyle, a character, a spirit. You don’t step in and get bewitched by its aesthetics, you don’t fall for its efficiency, you can’t sense the entirety of the city right away. You feel inside it without feeling part of it.
Since I arrived here, roughly three weeks ago, everyone has been talking to me about the proverbial “Dublin buzz”. I must admit I didn’t feel it at the beginning – for, as I said, I think you can’t understand Dublin immediately, and having been here for only three weeks I probably still don’t. However, I slowly began to appreciate this special feature of Dublin called the “buzz” and understand that it appears to be essential for the city.
What slows down the process of falling in love with Dublin is also what makes its character so special.
The city centre is compact, small and highly populated. It is intricate and all of its many gems, traits and trifles seem to be designed to surprise the visitor.
From the GPO and the Spire, you cross the Liffey and find yourself in that almost snug-feeling zone, perfect for a stroll, that includes Temple Bar, Trinity College, Dawson St, Grafton St, and St. Stephen’s Green. You are surrounded by green areas, you come across Georgian houses, pubs, museums, buskers, the list is endless; but all of these are not in your face.
This is the key: nothing is theatrical here, it’s all special but hidden. The sites, the buzz, the witty humor. The places are hidden in the streets, look small but then turn out to be several floors high. The “buzz” can only be felt in the air, while passing through the streets. As for the wit, Irish literature speaks for itself. Ireland’s capital isn’t explicit, it has to be discovered.



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