Since going back to my hometown for Christmas, I’ve been unable to return to Dundee because of lockdown restrictions. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and so I’ve come to realise what I’ve been missing most in the four months I’ve been away.
Of course, being an architecture student, I have a deep appreciation for the architecture in the city. An obvious example is the V&A. There are plenty of people who don’t like Kengo Kuma’s 80 million pound design, but it’s undeniably a big feature of the waterfront. There’s also a lot of interesting traditional buildings, such as the six churches located on Perth Road.
With Dundee being built on a hill and right next to the River Tay, it means there are lots of great views. When you’re stuck in your room, being able to look out of the window and see a nice landscape is great, and it gives you a little bit of relief from whatever you’re doing. It’s something you don’t see in many places, especially other cities.
Being in the heart of a city means you don’t have to go far if you need anything. Having the places you live, work, shop, and socialise all within the same area is incredibly convenient, even if, at the moment, we can’t actually go to many of them. Hopefully, we won’t have too much longer to wait.