Elena Jones ’14 and Tina Monroe ’14 detail the many delights of Oxford and its surroundings:
On our last morning in London, several of us ventured down the streets of Kensington in search of a café for an English breakfast. We soaked up the last few minutes of the first leg of our trip in London while eating traditional English porridge and toast. We were sad to say goodbye to London, but also anxious and excited to settle in at Oxford.
After a filling breakfast, the group hopped onto a bus (no, sadly not the DoubleDeckers) and traveled an hour to Oxford. The vistas of bucolic countryside and sheep made the trip fly by.
We arrived to full sunshine and bright blue skies at Oxford. Ecstatic that our rooms were huge and had nice views, we quickly settled in. It was nice to have a home base and relax a little from the hustle and bustle of London. Instead of boxed lunches like we anticipated, we were treated to a lovely lunch in the dining hall. Imagine Harry Potter; it’s that cool. While most of the students are on spring break, there were a few left in the dining hall eating around us.
We were then led on a tour with Britton Brooks, a medievalist scholar who is a graduate student at Oxford. It was great to get acquainted with the campus, and we saw several of the 38 colleges that Oxford has.
After the tour we had a couple hours to explore. Some of us found a quaint café called The Buttery and had some delicious sandwiches on warm baguettes and of course, tea. We finished the day with a great walk to a local ice cream shop. It was fun to explore the city streets at night. On the way back we saw the Bridge of Sighs, an iconic spot on the campus. The group the finished out the night bonding through card games and charades.
Our first day in Oxford was a success and we are super excited to continue our studies of British literature and exploration of Oxford.
(Editor’s Note: Thanks to Acadia Mezzofanti ’14 and Instructor Pete Nilsson for providing photographs!)