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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. :-)))

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ccoralacid
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
lots of snow in the UK last year and i love it--reminds me of the cold Canadian winters--only you know it is only for a few weeks-so you enjoy it while you can.Very wet and windy in UK --hope you took an umbrella--talking of food have you tried English sausages--go for a good quailty --and if you get a chance pork pies sometimes called melton mowbray pies.
Did you like Woodstock vilage and have you seen a thatched cottage yet.
aswanargent
Nov. 23rd, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
I really only got to see the Craft fair at Blenheim, and didn't even manage all of that (arrived too late in the day). I'm hoping that Tavi and I can plan an actual outing to Blenheim before I leave; apparently some of the rooms were used for the filming of the new Gulliver's Travels film that's being released on Christmas Day. Maybe we'll be able to explore Woodstock as well.

I haven't seen a thatched cottage here yet, but did see one two years ago when I went to Skye.

An umbrella is the first thing I pack! It's been used a couple of time already on this trip.

Thanks for the food tips! I'll have to check at the Covered Market; I always seem to be getting there just as the shops are closing for the day.