All of the group leaders and faculty who stayed in Oxford... do we look tired and happy to see each other?
We made it. It was a bit of a struggle, but we managed to get 44 students and a faculty member and all of their stuff onto a bus at 5:45 am and made our 8:15 am flight in Madrid. I really couldn't believe it myself. Oh, and we had a student who couldn't walk and was in horrible pain. He couldn't walk because he got pushed off of a 15 foot ledge while watching the Spain/Saudi Arabia game in Madrid and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. We got a call at the hotel that he was there and rushed to his aid. He was covered in red paint, which we thought was blood of course, had a huge bloody bump on his head and had a muscle inujury in his hip, but was otherwise fine. Yet another miracle. With the help of several of the other students, we got him showered, dressed, on the bus and on the plane. I was amazed :).
We got to Oxford
in the afternoon and Brett and I promptly left again with the student to take him to a hospital where we could understand his diagnosis.
Jason, Brett and I at a pub in Oxford listening to an Irish band. It was great.
Our Australian doctor was very cute and the student got some much more effective pain medicine, so all is well now. After we got back, we had a lovely dinner here at Worcester College (pronounced Wooster) in the dining hall. It is absolutely beautiful on this campus. Picture a British college campus and that is what it looks like, complete with a lovely grass quad that everyone is forbidden to touch-the perfect challenge for our little deliquents during their time here in Oxford :).
After dinner, all of the group leaders and faculty went to the Turf Tavern for a much needed drink and debriefing session. It was lots of fun to hear stories from other groups and to tell our own. All of the times I thought the students on our trip were doing the worst thing possible, I was wrong because the other groups had some that were just as bad.
Brett at Christ Church in Oxford- they filmed part of Harry Potter here.
.. comforting to know :). After the drinks, I slept for 10 hours, which is something that I haven't even come close to doing in a month. This morning we had our wrap up meeting and then headed to lunch and some shopping here in Oxford. It's a very cute town that I'm looking forward to exploring more in the next couple of days. Brett and I are headed to Bath
on Wedesday to explore some more and then we're off to London
on Thursday. I am so excited about our vacation!!
More stories of adventure to come, but these will only involve adventures caused by Brett and I which will be much more entertaining I hope...