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Oxford - 1

Amazingly enough, I've already been here more than a week (arrived on the 13th). This first week has been very much about getting the lay of the land; making a mental map of the city centre and how to get to places from the flat I'm renting (right by the Castle Mound, virginia_bell). I'll be moving into the Malmaison Hotel (a former prison) for my last two nights here, but for a longer stay, self-catering is the only way to go. This place literally has all the comforts of home, including a bathroom with underfloor heating, a kitchen with every electronic gadget imaginable, two televisions, in-flat laundry facilities, and a library of books and DVDs. And I love being able to shop and do my own cooking.

There's been some sightseeing as well: The Ashmolean Museum (have to go back to finish it and take some photos), the Alice Shop, Oriel, Corpus Christi, and Merton Colleges (had to be casually snuck past the Merton porter, trying to look as un-touristy as possible; Merton isn't open to the public, as visitors are considered a distraction to the students). There have been three visits so far to Christ Church (with more pending) and a walk around the Christ Church Meadows (including feeding bread to ducks and one extremely fat grey squirrel along the Isis), and last night I got to see the lighting of Christ Church's first Christmas tree. Just one out-of-Oxford foray so far, and that was yesterday afternoon to Blenheim Palace where a "Living Crafts for Christmas" fair was being hosted. Blenheim itself will get a visit of its own.

Have to close now and head over to Gloucester Green, where Tavi and I are going to meet and head off to London for the day. There'll be some sightseeing this afternoon, and then this evening we're going to see Roger Federer's first match in the round robin portion of the ATP World Tour Finals. :-)))

Comments

luvmax1
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're having such an amaing time, sweetie. And if I keep telling myself that I'm not jealous, I might even belive it! (Well, probably not, but I'll keep trying.) Take lots of pictures!
aswanargent
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
One of the things I'm enjoying the most is bundling up for the chilly weather. It's been in the low 40s ever since I got here, and there might even be snow flurries on Thursday. I know you're probably going "Snow?" *yawn*, but remember that it's beach weather year-round in Los Angeles, so this would be a real treat for me.
jenni_snake
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Come to Calgary again if you're into that - it's been snowing and -20C for the past five days! Beijing has been much milder! (Sorry if I'm double posting, but as far as I could tell, it ate my last comment.)
aswanargent
Nov. 22nd, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
LOL! I just read babycakesin's post about going for a training run in the snow in Edmonton (and about having her hair freeze). I remember when we went to Lake Louise and there were a few snowflakes; it was magical. :-)
jenni_snake
Nov. 22nd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
It's magical if you're visiting... like Disneyland. Or Shanghai. But you wouldn't want to live there! (Laura can tell you about that - she broke her ankle slipping on ice on Sunday!!! :-()
aswanargent
Nov. 23rd, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Laura's ankle! That can't be fun. Have the cats started taking advantage of her limited mobility yet to be naughty?
luvmax1
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Sweetie, I live in Southern Florida. It's beachier than LA here! I haven't seen snow in three years, and to be honest, I don't miss it a bit.
aswanargent
Nov. 22nd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, but you lived in New York for all those years, so I think snow must be part of your DNA. I'm a native Californian; born in San Francisco, but have lived in southern California since before I started school. ;-)
luvmax1
Nov. 22nd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I was pretty much an all around all weather hater. Winter was too cold, summer too hot, and I never really appreciated snow once I entered the doubel digits. I think that's when I truly became mature- when I started seeing snow as an inconveinence instead of fun.