So, I’ve been in Oxford for 3 days now and it is simply stunning! Before I came, a good friend of mine gave me some really good advice about studying abroad; she said: “drop expectations and just love it as is.” The thing is, Oxford is even better than I thought it would be. The city/university is very traditional with subtle touches of modernity. The people I’ve met so far are some of the coolest/nicest people I’ve met - especially the other students in the program with me.
The architecture is, by far, my favorite thing about the campus and the city. Each building is crafted with such detail and care that it makes me wonder how they were able to do it even though they didn’t have the technology we have today. The Radcliffe Camera is my favorite building. It’s a huge reading room for the students at Oxford. Since we’re just visiting, we can’t go inside, but it’s a pretty neat place to look at.
I even had my first pub experience here. Simply put… it was great! I had a meat pie for the first time (mine had chicken and bacon in it) and it was yummy! Even though I don’t like beer, I tried a pint and let’s just say it was interesting.
The children here don’t actually seem like little kids either. They’re like miniature adults. This one kid yesterday was sitting on his dad’s shoulders talking to him about a job. And there was another little boy walking down the street almost as if he owned the place. And their accents make it really cool to hear them talk.
So far, I’m really enjoying my time abroad. It’s a really cool place to be. I can’t wait for this weekend though. Midnight showing of Harry Potter in London!!