After leaving Stratford-upon-Avon, we drove through the Cotswolds and arrived in Oxford, home to the many colleges that constitute the one and only University of Oxford. Though I'm glad I chose to study abroad smack dab in the middle of London, I couldn't help but fall in love with how poetically old the campus felt, how the structures memorialized the school's history and traditions, and how the scent of wisdom past and present hung heavy.
For example, Christ Church College's dining hall (yes, the one that inspired Hogwarts') is lined with portraits, many of which depict illustrious former pupils. Imagine dining in their presence. Inspiring? Intimidating? Both?
Understandably but regrettably, visitors are only allowed to tour certain areas. I guess I'll just have to come back and get one of my Oxford friends to shuttle me around. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures after the jump!
"Graffiti" in protest of Sir Robert Peel, former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Oxford University.