Yes, I know, it’s been a while.
I’ve already broken my promise to post at least once a week, but hey, I’m still a student, and for the past two weeks, I’ve been more focused on my studies than I have been on “wandering.” But that’s not to say I still didn’t have a lot of fun here and there.
Like I said, last week was devoted mostly to my seminar and tutorials. I went to the farmers’ market on Wednesday with Celine as usual, and went out for drinks one or two nights, but that was about as adventurous as I got during the week. For my seminar (The Inklings) I read Charles Williams’ The Place of the Lion and All Hallows’ Eve. I thought both works were amazing, and I came to conclusion that any student looking to become a philosophy major should simply read Charles Williams instead. He’ll blow your mind. We then began to read Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which I had never read before, and I finished Book One (hence the quote!). In addition, I read a lot more of Yeats for my 20th Century Poetry tutorial, and now I am halfway through analysis of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” This is another work of literature that has me on my toes. I could write twenty pages on the first part alone, and there are five parts!
Here’s something for all you St. Mary’s students complaining about rain. Last week Hannah and I attempted to run in the park, but our path was blocked by a newly-formed river! As in, it flooded.
Here is where my memory becomes a little less foggy. One of the most interesting things that happened to me this week occurred Saturday morning, while I was running/exploring with Hannah (we do that – we explore!). Apparently someone had hinted of a “secret canal” that runs through Oxford, and Hannah and I only just discovered it on our Saturday morning run. We were surprised and delighted to find out that all along the canal are long house boats, presumably rented by students of the University of Oxford! The area had such a cool vibe – everything felt very “steam punk.”
After our run, I made pancakes (my new Saturday morning routine), and the rest of the evening was devoted to The Fellowship of the Ring.
Thanks to Celine’s suggestion, a bunch of us decided to go out for Chinese cuisine to celebrate the Chinese New Year! We went to a place called the Opium Den (they do not sell opium) and shared authentic Chinese dishes family-style. The food was delicious, and not at all like Chinese carry-out.
Sunday the Super Bowl happened. Except here, it aired at 11:30pm and I did not have enough endurance to stay up and watch it. Not that it turned out to be a very good game (no offense, Broncos fans). It was funny that people called it the Marijuana Bowl, though, and if I’m not mistaken, my friend Abby knows the maker of the Doritos Time Machine commercial. Pretty cool.
Monday was spent in agony of reading and paper-writing. Seriously. Why do you think I don’t have any pictures?
Yesterday we had a very interesting seminar discussion about The Lord of the Rings, and how Tolkien related to the Inklings as a whole. Of everything we discussed, my favorite bit of information was this: apparently, Tolkien once said that if trees could talk, they would sound like C.S. Lewis! Hence, the Ents in The Lord of the Rings are based on C.S. Lewis himself. Seems like a back-handed compliment, to me.
It’s been very windy here. And rainy. And windy-and-rainy. Forget about having a dry head because neither hood nor umbrella will save you when Wind becomes Rain’s partner in crime.
Today I went to the farmers’ market, and Celine and I bought Turkish Delight! If you have read or seen C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you will know that Turkish Delight is what Edmund betrays his siblings for when siding with the White Queen. But if you do not actually know what Turkish Delight is, I will tell you: it is a candy with a consistency between gelatin and licorice, and it comes in a few popular, aromatic flavors. The flavors are, generally: lemon, mint, orange, pomegranate, and most commonly, rose! Yes, rose, like the flower. And surprisingly, it is delicious! There is something strange about tasting rose in a candy, and yet extremely pleasant. Now I must say, Turkish Delight is one of my new favorite things!
So, that’s me. I’m doing just fine here in old Oxford, Oxfordshire. This Saturday, though, I am heading down to Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birth place), and the following weekend, I am going to London for the first time! I am really looking forward to these trips, and the wonderful pictures I will have to share with you all afterwards! In the meantime, here are a few more pictures I figured I’d share:
So, that’s the conclusion of another post. You all can go back to whatever it is you were doing, now. As Tolkien would say, “fly, you fools!” 🙂