This is Only the Beginning

It’s with great sadness that my semester here in Oxford has come to an end. Fortunately though, I still have a few more days in the UK to help me cope. My family actually met me in London and I had the absolute pleasure of traveling around England, Scotland, and Ireland with them!

The trip was an absolute whirlwind! We traveled to four different countries and eight different cities in only five days! I couldn’t possibly recap all the amazing experiences we had, but some definite highlights include: a ghost tour in Edinburgh, spending the night at Ashford castle, holding a hawk in my hands at a school of falconry, and meeting up with old friends in Limerick. And now, because pictures are worth a thousand words, I’ll post below some photographs of our travels, all courtesy of Andrew Ratermann.




York Minster






Ashford Castle

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

I absolutely adore all things Christmas. Our house has been playing Christmas music nonstop since the beginning of September; it’s out of control. There’s something really special about Oxford at Christmas time. I feel the Christmas magic everywhere. Neither pictures nor words really capture it, but I’ll let the later make an attempt.


St. Aldates Church


Christ Church Residence Halls

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Bodleian Library

Afternoon Tea

Before coming to the UK, I had this misconception that everyone sat down to afternoon tea all the time. After moving here, I quickly realized that every college student here is just as coffee addicted as anywhere else.

Regardless, my housemates and I decided to indulge ourselves and go to afternoon tea at The Old Parsonage. And boy was it fancy. And boy did we try to be fancy too.


Photo courtesy of Joowon Oh.


The beautiful Damaris! Photo Courtesy of Joowon Oh.

And the food! Scones. Scones everywhere. We have all decided that clotted cream is the food of Gods.


Photo Courtesy of Joowon Oh.

The service was amazing. The food was amazing. The incredibly posh table of elderly gentleman discussing Virginia Woolf behind us was amazing. I need to be rich in the future, so I can go to high tea all the time.

Night at the Museum

Imagine this: you’re walking aimlessly around the city with your friend on a Friday night wondering what there is to do when a smartly dressed woman approaches you and says, “would you like to attend an after hours event at the Pitt Rivers Museum?” Do you say yes?

Hell to the yeah you do! Or at least, that’s what we did. The event ended up being really great, so it looks like luck was on our side that night. I had never been in the museum before, and I was amazed at the sheer size of the place!


Aerial view


One of the many aisles

Here’s one of my favorite display cases. Just for jollies.


Look at all the playing cards!

While all of the artifacts were absolutely fascinating to look at, the event was especially spectacular because there were curators all around the museum to answer questions and some items were even available for handling. I held a thousand year old mask of the devil; how cool! And perhaps the cutest part of the event was the live music and poetry readings.



So, next time you’re in Oxford and looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, hit up Pitt Rivers (because museums are way cooler than college parties.).