We left London on Saturday right on time at 10:30 in the morning. Leslie said goodbye and Alex said goodbye and we were on our way with Yogi, the busdriver. Yogi was hysterical, I don't think he could hear very well, but I am not sure, because he talked to me for most of the way and I never really had a chance to answer. He told me about the new Wembley Stadium, his time in the British Army, the French Army, the French, different kinds of tourists (and the that older British tourists are the worst), growing up in Wales and then the Midlands, how bad traffic can get on the motorways around London, football, footballer's wives. For an hour and twenty minutes, Yogi kept me entertained. As we got into Oxford
, I knew my time was coming to an end, so I got on the microphone one last time, and wished the students well.
The bridge on campus
I remembered to do that from last time, because, as soon as we got to Worcester
College in Oxford, Tony, who is the manager of the Pub at Worcester, gets on the bus, tells me he's in charge and then files the students off and gets them in line for their keys. In the span on one minute, I have zero responsibility. Colleen and I sat on the bus, while the students unloaded everything and Tony got them through the gates of the college. We checked the bus and then went in to get our keys -- a much friendlier process.
Finding your room here is a bit of a challenge, which I only half remembered. Everything is noted by which staircase you are near. I am in 22.2 (which translates as room 2 off of staircase 22).
Lush masks, sucking out the impurities of Europe
I got moved in and then started waiting for Ann, who was about an hour behind me. One of her professors is staying across the hall from me, so when I heard him move in. I went back to the entrance and there she was, finally. One of the students on her group had fallen off a ledge in Madrid and had to get to the hospital. She had to take him, and Jason asked me to go as well, since I had pounds in my pocket and someone needed to pay for the cab. So my first four hours with Ann were at the John Radcliffe accident and emergency wing with a pretty banged up student and an Australian doctor. It ends up the student had a minor concussion and a pretty nasty bruise in his thigh muscle. Once we got back to Worcester, we went straight to dinner and then met up with the other professors and chaperones for our visit to Turf Tavern. It was nice to hang out with adults and to drink in public with people I knew. The sun goes down here aroound 10pm here, earlier than the continent because of the time change, but the sun rises at 4:20 in the morning. We were back to campus by 11 and hung out a bit more, but then it was off to bed, with the last scheduled duty at 11 am on Sunday. Sleeping in was fantastic.
We had our wrap up meeting on Sunday morning and it was done by noon. The wrap up meeting flies by and there was so much I wanted to say, but didn't. I will have to write all that down somewhere else. After the meeting, we went out for a pub lunch and then Ann and I did some shopping at Marks and Spencer for groceries, Boots for toiletries, and then Lush for face masks. The bus terminal is near our campus, so we checked there about day trips to Bath
, only 9.90 pounds roundtrip. We got back to campus about the time the England vs. Ecuador match started, which we picked as our time to do laundry. The internet is free here and the laundry is cheap, thats pretty much what we did until dinner time. Before dinner, I walked Ann around to see the campus, and we saw the lake and hung out with the campus ducks. After dinner, it was more sitting around, a little more laundry, and we went to the group one photo competition (my pictures are better). We booked our trip to Bath for Wednesday so the weather will be better, it is cold and rainy today and on Tuesday. The plan for Monday, was to have absolutely no plans and just be still and try not to spend money for an entire day, although I have 30 dollars worth of coins on my desk here, that I really need to get rid of.
Its a fantastic, low stress time. Work at Georgia Tech is starting to filter in on my e-mail, so I am trying to gear up for my return next week and try to hang on to these last fantastic days for as long as possible. Maybe I can find a job here before I have to leave. Its so clean and peaceful and fun here, plus, I look sort of tan here in Central England -- I love it here.