Monday, July 23, 2012

A Yank in Oxford: The First 36 Hours

I'm actually surprised how quickly I'm getting over my jet-lag. I forced myself to stay awake until ten o'clock last night (after arriving yesterday morning). Arriving wasn't so bad either, though I did doze off on the train, I woke up before my stop.
So far, I've already taken a few walks around the city and have seen several of the other colleges. We went on a "Pub Walk" to two pubs tonight, I tried a half of some of the local beers. This afternoon I bought books at "The Last Book Store" where all the books are two pounds-- I'm afraid that shop will make me go over my luggage weight allowance very quickly. Then another student and I went to the Bodleian and didn't have time for a tour, but went to the Divinity School and the tea shop.
I feel morally obligated to drink all the tea I possibly can while in England.
Similarly, I feel obligated to take in some Shakespeare while I'm here. There are several productions going on at the moment, so I should make at least one.
I did also try marmite at breakfast this morning. A savory yeast paste on my toast? Odd. Takes some getting used to. I might like it on something else, or in something, it's very strong on its own.
Anyway, I'm swooning over all the old buildings, taking dozens of photographs which I'll upload later this week, and just generally getting the lay of the land so far.


  1. Ahhh, photos to come!!
    I love that you feel "morally obligated to drink all the tea" while you're there ;D Made me chuckle. Drink ALL the tea! Buy ALL the books!Watch ALL the Shakespeare productions! (All that you can, clearly). Most of all enjoy yourself, cos I shall be vicariously and shamelessly u_u

  2. I thought I was doing fine with my jet lag, then on about day 3 it hit me like a ton of bricks. But I was going west coast to European, which is much worse.

    And yes, I can attest there will be long-term regret issues for any tea opportunities missed that are offered, available, suggested, or nearby.

    In the end, there's just no way to set one's absorption high enough on these occasions. Have a good time.

  3. Glad you made it and are enjoying yourself. Looking forward to your posts!

  4. Thanks guys, I'm loving Oxford. There's no way three weeks will be enough, but it's a good start!