Oxford: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

If you live outside of the United Kingdom, you are probably wondering why the Diamond Jubilee celebration is such a big deal. It is hard to fully appreciate the festivities as an American, but it is definitely a wonderful event to witness. There are three types of jubilees–silver, gold, and diamond. Silver celebrates 25 years; […]

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Oxford, Day 10: Visiting Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is absolutely stunning. Despite the rain and overcast weather, the beauty of the grounds remained majestic. The grass and gardens were lush with color. My favorite part of Blenheim’s grounds was the water gardens, the fountains shared a great view with the river in the background. Buying one day ticket to Blenheim Palace […]

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Oxford, Day 9: Jubilee in Jericho

This afternoon, the grouped walked to Jericho, where Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure lived in Oxford. The story’s protagonist, Jude, leads a difficult life filled with rejection and confusion. Young Jude, a true scholar, is not accepted to the universities in Oxford, because of his working class status. ¬†After a series of disappointing events, Jude […]

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Oxford, Day 8: Too Good to be True

My roommate and I ate a restaurant in Summertown for brunch. I had the french toast before, which was delicious, so I decided to try something new. I ordered one of my favorite brunch dishes, eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce and salmon….Should have known better that it would taste a lot different here. I ordered […]

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Oxford: In the Pantry

To my own surprise, I have been eating remarkably well. There are enough options in Oxford to avoid having “bangers and mash” all of the time. Some meals I have had at various pubs and restaurants include fish and chips, summer squash soup, and french toast. I make sure to have plenty of leftovers so […]

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Oxford, Day 5: Christ Church Revisited

Christ Church College was the subject this afternoon in class. I had to write a brief paper on the college and present it in class, so here it is: Christ Church College is the oldest 12thcentury collegiate cathedral and survived religious reform, The Plague, and the Civil War. The property on which Christ Church College […]

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Oxford, Day 4: Love’s Labour’s Lost

There was finally a 20-30 minute torrential downpour during the afternoon that took away the humidity. It made the walk to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History much more comfortable–although the double-decker buses did a great job ploughing through the puddles on the street. The Oxford University of Natural History is home to the […]

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Oxford, Day 3: Binsey

It does not seem like the walking will ever end… Even though I use my bus pass frequently (it’s only been less than 48 hours since I’ve had it), my Literature of Oxford class requires a lot of walking about town. Today, we went to Binsey, the more rural part of Oxford.¬†When the class approached […]

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Oxford, Day 2: First Day of Classes

After being nearly fully adjusted to the time change, I had Shakespeare from 11:00am-1:15pm and Literature of Oxford from 2:15pm until evening.The Shakespeare course is taught by a St. Clare’s professor, who plans to take us on a Shakespearian walking tour tomorrow. The professor teaching Literature of Oxford, who is from my university, is taking […]

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Oxford, Day 1: Staying Awake

The direct flight for Oxford, England departed around 10:00pm from Logan Airport in Boston, MA. Taking into account the time zone change, the flight arrived at London Heathrow Airport at 10:00am. From there, the student group drove to Oxford by bus and briefly settled in their dorms before heading onto the tour of the area. […]

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