Me enjoying some water from the spring at the Roman Bath in Bath. It tasted bad and was warm, but is supposedly good for you....
Oxford is beautiful. I never want to leave. Alas, I have to go to London
today, which isn't so bad I guess :).
We have had a great time here. Getting here was a little rocky with the hospital and all, but it was smooth sailing after that. We relaxed for the first couple of days and just saw the sites of Oxford
, which are lovely. I think my favorite thing, other than the campus of Worcester College where we are staying, was Christ Church Cathedral and campus. It was so peaceful and nice there, despite the tourists. Parts of Harry Potter were filmed there and I felt like I was Hermione the whole time we walked around :).
Sweet Monty himself- scampering away after soiling Brett's pants and making our night.
I can't imagine what it is like to go to school somewhere like that- everyone is so polite and composed all the time- not like most American colleges at all... I'm sure I only got a brief glimpse and the best side, but I just can't imagine raging keg parties there...
We visited several pubs while here, but the most memorable was certainly the Trout. I will post pictures of it soon, but for now I will just try to describe it. My friend Jason had been there before and he told us it was far away, but we were up for the adventure. We had been walking for about 15 minutes when we reached the dirt path through a giant meadow, complete with cows and cow patties. We continued on said path for about 45 more minutes before we reached the Trout. Along the way, we were given such directions as "turn left at the path and it's behind the large bush" and "continue down this path about 10 minutes, pass the nunnery and it's over the bridge".
Me on the far left hiding from the peacock that is in the foreground. I was very frightened. This was at the Trout.
We met several nice people, as well as a PRECIOUS dog named Monty who left a little dirt spot on Brett's pants when he jumped up and his owners yelled (in British accent) "No Monty! You are damp!". It was so cute. We came upon another pub, the Perch, about halfway, but despite its thatched roof and rural setting, it just wasn't the Trout. So we kept on trucking. When we finally reached it, we realized it had all been worth it. It was beside a small river with a dam that made for a very nice waterside drink. The only thing that wasn't completely charming about the Trout were the peacocks. I never thought a thing about those birds before but am now terrified of them. If you've never heard one call out, it's this high pitched shreak that sounds like it's desperate for help. One perched itself on the roof above us and we were sure it was going to swoop down with talons out.
Punting with Brett. Well, we weren't actually punting- we were being punted, but it was very cool nonetheless. We even got a free bottle of "medium sweet" champagne with our ticket :).
We decided to take the bus back to town, but we missed the first one so we visited another pub to kill the 30 minutes before the next one. No peacocks there, which made it much less exciting.
Yesterday we went to Bath
which was very cool. My Mom would love it there- very quaint and some fabulous Roman baths to see. We spent about 2 hours in the baths then explored a bit more before catching our bus back to Oxford. Our driver, Colin, hit a car on the way out of Bath, so that held us up a little. I was expecting a full on screaming match between Colin and the car driver, but the British manners seem to carry over even into car accidents. It was lovely. They just discussed it, exchanged information, and were on the way. It Atlanta I think someone would have been shot over such a thing....
Today we are off to London until Tuesday then back home!!! Even though I've had an absolute blast, I do miss home a little. I can't wait to get into my car and drive myself somewhere... I hope I remember to drive on the right :).