Winter has passed, and I am feeling guilty about how long it’s taken me to put up another post. It’s been a while. I know.
If you’re wondering why it’s taken me so long, blame the Oxford air. Last week I got over a terrible cold that lasted for more than a week and a half, and postponed (again) my trip to London. But the good news is, I have now gone! And there are pictures.
Since the week before last has been swallowed up by the dark void that was my cold, I am going to start from last week.
First I want to tell you about something that happened last Monday night. Up until this point, I hadn’t realized how different the city can be from suburbia. I called the police. For the first time in my life. Celine and I were up late at night, talking, with the window open. Suddenly, around 3am, we heard loud, escalated voices, and then we heard a man scream. He yelled “help me!” several times, and so I called the police while Celine notified the Junior Deans (RAs). Luckily, we think the man got away, because the police didn’t find anything. What’s funny, though, is that earlier that day, I was having a conversation with some people in my building. The emergency contact number is different in the UK, and I mentioned it being something like “111.” My friend Janna then turned to me and said, “no, it’s 999.” Now, this was a completely random conversation. I had no way of knowing that I would need the number that very night. Imagine what would have happened if I had tried to call 111! Make of it what you will, but I’m grateful that I had the proper knowledge at the time of need. The incident was also a nice reminder to be more cautious.
I spent the majority of last week writing papers and reading The Chronicles of Narnia. The weather has been getting warmer, and I have been able to travel about for the past few weeks in just a light jacket. The flooding has also receded, which is good!
This was my day in London! Celine and I left a little late (we took a bus from the Oxford Station at 9am), so when we arrived in London, the area was very touristy. But the weather was beautiful, and I managed to snap some amazing pictures!
First we went to Buckingham Palace, and took pictures at the gate. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the Queen, or even the Guard, but I did get some cute photo’s of me and Celine!
After Buckingham Palace we headed through St. James’s Park towards Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The park was so scenic – we even saw pelicans!
Big Ben was pretty awesome too. We decided not to go inside because of the length of the line, but we did want to tour Westminster Abbey. Unfortunately, we did not realize that it was May Day and St. Joseph’s Day, and the church was closed. 😦
After lunch at a restaurant called The Red Lion, we crossed the river and checked out the Eye. The line for the Eye was crazy (more than a two hour wait for tickets alone) so again, we ended up just walking around and taking pictures. There were some very cool street performers, and the river was actually blue! (Probably from all that rain). Needless to say, we are planning another two to three day trip to London, so that we can hit the attractions early. I would love to see London from the Eye!
After taking pictures from the bridge over the Thames, we headed to the British Museum (where they hold the Rosetta Stone). I don’t have pictures from the museum, but I will be sure to take some when we go back! We then took a taxi ride (my first ever!) to a pub called the Victoria, and met up with Celine’s friend Tiffany. By then it was 7:00pm, and we went home afterwards!
Sunday, I discovered a new path to run by! I came across this beautiful churchyard:
I have also noticed that the trees are starting to bloom!
On Tuesday, we had a special guest speaker in my Inklings seminar. Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia, came to speak about the influence of the medieval cosmos in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia! It was very fascinating to learn how Ward came across this (now widely accepted) theory.
Tuesday night, I went to a pub quiz at the Eagle and Child! About ten teams participated, and we tied for fourth! It doesn’t help that we actually aren’t British…
The last few nights have been spent primarily working on papers. The weather has been getting so fine, I am beginning to make plans to go on hikes and walks through Oxfordshire. Tomorrow I am going to Salisbury and Stonehenge! Don’t worry, I won’t wait so long for the next post. Tutorials are coming to a close, and soon, I will be focused on my final research essay.
Home isn’t far away. But in the meantime, I plan to enjoy the ride.