During the second day of our Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, we decided to walk around Trinity College. It started pouring as soon as our tour started, so we took shelter under one of the roofed buildings. Our tour guide, Harry, had just graduated from Trinity with a degree in Political Science. He explained the history behind each building and monument, recounting stories from the past with enthusiasm for his alma mater. Because of the rain, we jumped quickly from building to building, lingering in dry places as Harry spoke about various school traditions. My rain jacket was a poor excuse for an umbrella. I was sopping wet within minutes. Fortunately, the weather cleared briefly for the remainder of our walk. Trinity's architecture was stunning. It reminded me of Hogwarts, which awoke the Harry Potter fanatic inside of my soul. Certain parts of the college resembled a medieval castle, with pointy spires and stone archways. The cobblestone walkways were charming, and the grass was shockingly green. It really is true - everything is greener in Ireland!
As an avid book lover, my favorite part of the tour was the Trinity College Library. Its size was astounding. Built in the early 1700s, the main chamber houses 200,000 of the library's oldest books (the most famous on display being The Book of Kells). Harry explained that each book is organized by size, from smallest to largest. They're not alphabetized by first and last name. That would be too easy, right?
The library was insanely beautiful. Marble busts of great philosophers and writers in Irish history glowed softly in the dim lighting, which added to the romanticism of the room. We caught the very last tour that day, but the aisles were still packed with visitors. We admired the ancient shelves for quite some time before making our way to the gift shop and purchasing a few souvenirs to commemorate our visit.