Pond, fountains, walkways, gardens, playground, politics in the form of statues. I can’t help but compare the EU feeling US rhetoric about how to ‘work out things with our neighbors. I tried to imagine what it would be like for the US to be involved in a similar sort of situation, not including shared money. It’s just impossible in this time of closing borders to imagine the US being a team player. I want to share some large photos that caught my eye as I walked through St. Stephen’s Green. First, here’s a map to give you the lay of the land; I love maps.
This state of mind, of affirmation isn’t just on the serious of posters. It’s in the streets. As I walk around I hear voices from all over the world. There’s the expected French, Polish, Russian, German, Italian, American and English. But there are more people from further away since I’ve been here last. I’ve also heard Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, and other Asian languages. I’ve met people from Scandinavian countries, other Eastern European countries, and I’ve seen a food explosion as well.
there is a whole row of these and it made me feel part of something good to read each one.
I’ve enjoyed an inexpensive Middle Eastern restaurant on Parliament Street called Zaytoon. When it first opened, it was in the edge of a somewhat seedy neighborhood and a posher one. Zaytoon means Olive in Armenian, so it was a bit of home for me. Zaytoon has a sister restaurant now in Dublin 8, and the moure touristy Temple Bar district has grown around it. It’s become an ‘in’ spot, but the prices remain good. There are many places to buy middle eastern food; more than I could eat at. And There are varied types of So Eastern Asian restaurants and grocery stores– Thai, Nepalese,, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, to name some I’ve passed. One morning this week I heard 14 different languages before lunch. It occurs to me that Dublin is a not a ‘melting pot’,,, but more of a bowl together with our different cultures, foods and dress. No one is melting down. We are ourselves, with our families, and we are together.
May all beings have full bellies
May all being live in peace