Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Apologies for the late upload this month. Dissertation work has been in full swing. Only 15 days till the submission date. I am both nervous and excited. I have one final meeting with my supervisor this coming week to discuss some feedback on the draft I handed in a few days ago. I will let you know how that goes!
The last time I uploaded here I was in Liverpool and was getting ready to leave for Oxford the next day. Liverpool was great! Oxford, however, was magical. The weather was beautiful, the city was enchanting and the people were lovely. Our first stop was St Martin’s Tower, popularly called Carfax Tower. All you have to do is pay a tiny amount and climb 99 steps to the top of the tower for a view of the Oxford skyline. It was breathtaking, both figuratively and literally. Climbing 99 steps of an incredibly narrow stairway is not easy. However, all the head hitting and bumping into people who were trying to make their way down while we were trying to climb up was totally worth it. You get to see the the entirety of Oxford in all it’s glory!
We definitely had to visit a church and Oxford has quite a few! We visited the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. It stands right in the centre of Oxford. This church was as mesmerizing as the other churches and cathedrals we had visited through the course of our trip. Places of worship have the most peaceful ambiance and I am grateful to have experienced it so many times during this short vacation.
We also visited some other popular tourist sites such as the Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre. If you love architecture then Oxford is the place to go! It is home to some of the world’s finest historical architectural gems.
Our next stop was the Ashmolean Museum. Again, if you are a history buff like me you must visit this museum. It has artifacts from ALL around the world. Hence the title of this post. I am not exaggerating when I say that it actually felt like I toured the world in 80 minutes. From Egyptian mummies to arts of the Renaissance to Greek and Roman sculpture to age of the Mughals…you name it, they have it! My experience left me speechless.
Actually, it was this last stop that left me speechless. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain as well as one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. It was both a dazzling and educational experience.
I loved every bit of this trip and I highly recommend traveling with friends. It is a truly wonderful experience. I shall post some pictures as soon as I stop procrastinating and transfer all the photographs to my laptop (sigh).