On Sunday, just after we had visited the Guinness Storehouse, one of the boys said (and I am quoting here), “I think Dublin is a more masculine city than Barcelona.”
We thought about this statement for a moment but had no idea what he was talking about.
When an explanation was demanded by the other students, the boy asked us to think about the architecture we had seen over the last couple of days.
Namely, the Millennium Spire in the city centre.
(Our tour guide, Carol, explained that although it was commissioned for the millennium celebration, the structure was not actually completed until after the millennium in a design and construction process riddled with controversy. As each design concept conceived was deemed offensive to some portion of the population, the spire’s ultimate “offend no-one design” was utterly meaningless to all).
… and what about the large brick tower we had just seen across from the Guinness Storehouse, the boy reminded us.
Hmmmm… in our work as high school counselor and middle school teacher, DP and I are always walking a mighty fine line with when it comes to what’s appropriate to discuss with a group of thirteen and fourteen year old boys. But I was certain that we were both thinking the same thing.
Luckily, one of the other boys said, “REALLY? What about the Water Commission Building in Barcelona?”
(Photo Credit: James Harrison at Flickr)
All we can say is… you be the judge!