On a rainy day in Oxford
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On Sunday David and I decided to take a trip to Oxford. It was really cheap to get there, just £10 return per person by train, which was nice. There are also buses that go there but its about the same price apparently. I'll stick to the train. Train travel is nice and relaxing and doesn't jolt you around like on the buses.
Unfortunately, Sunday also ended up being one of the worst days weather-wise. It was rainy, cold, and windy for most of the day. :( Boo! Plus we had to get up super early for the train. However, I will suggest that anyone heading to Oxford on a Sunday take a train that arrives after 11 because ours got there WAY too early and hardly anything was open! That's something I miss about home: things being open for a reasonable amount of time! Here everything closes as soon as it hits 6pm and hardly anything is open on Sunday! Its very frustrating.
We had sort of a plan for the day that ended up being thrown out the window. First thing we actually ended up doing was going to the Pitt Rivers Museum, which is inside the Natural History Museum. Its basically a crazy collection of artifacts from all over the world. When you first walk in its almost overwhelming because there is just SO MUCH STUFF in so small of a place. However, it was very cool to walk around. They even had shrunken heads! Unfortunately for future visitors, it closed the day after we were there until next year.
We also visited a few towers that day and climed up to have a look at the city. There is one in the middle of the city center, the Carfax Tower, that had an amazing view. However, it got better when we climbed another at a church we found ( I think it was St Mary's, but don't quote me!).
Spent some time at the Ashmolean Museum, which is an interesting art and history museum. Like the Pitt, they are closing most of their galleries for renovations so it was quite small compared to what it usually is. They had a lot of artifacts from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, as well as a pretty good collection of paintings. David would know more about them than I would... but I saw some I liked so that's always nice! :D But I left my umbrella there which was sad because when I woke up today it was still raining... boo!!
We didn't end up seeing the inside of any of the colleges. After we arrived, we didn't really feel like spending the money to go see them.
We spent the end of the afternoon in a pub that my Lonely Planet guide recommended, called the Turf. It was quite hard to find, back in an alley, but there was a lot of space and I wished it had been sunny because their patio seating would have been nice. I had a jacket potato (baked potato) with cheese and baked beans and it was legend!! These Brits know a thing about potatoes and love to put anything and everything on them. Also had an Old Rosie cider that was from the bottom of the barrel and tasted like it. :/ I almost told the girl I didn't want it while she was pouring it and having a hard time filling the glass because I knew it would end up being terrible, but then for some reason I felt bad because she was trying SO HARD and I chickened out.
Oxford is a lovely place with a really great vibe to it. Would definitely love to go back on a better day. Also, there was quite a bit of nice shopping to be had only we didn't indulge at the time. Haven't really done any shopping here until Saturday when I bought a few more shirts for work. Hadn't really planned on needing office clothes. :x