My First Day in Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera

We made it! Oxford is more than I could have ever imagined! We landed at London Heathrow about 9:30 in the morning here and a bus picked us up and took us to Oxford. The bus driver told us a little bit about the area, the rivers that flowed through, and the birds that populated the skies. I am in House 9 on Canterbury Road. It is a beautiful 4 story house in a beautiful part of town. Most of the houses were built in the 1800’s, and if they were to go on the market would be worth anywhere between 2–10 million pounds.

We had lunch and then settled our stuff in for the next four months before taking off into the city. We braved the cold and walked around the city centre, scoping out the good grocery stores and parks. The sun peaked out every now and then to say hello, but mostly it was just cloudy and cold. After walking around for a while, we stepped into The Eagle and Child pub to warm up. This was a favorite hang out spot for J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and several of their friends. It was amazing to get to sit where two of my favorite authors sat.

Tonight I made spaghetti, and three friends and I sat around the table and ate together. We all cleaned up together after and are going to bed in the next few hours so we can wake up early and avoid jet-lag as much as possible. Tomorrow morning I am going to the Jericho Cafe for my first beans on toast. Today was the perfect start to an amazing trip! I can’t wait to see what these next few days have in store.