Our Oxford Adventure
February 19, 2012
When we came to London, our original plan was to move every 6 months or so to a new city. We then learned that I would only be able to get a nursing job in London, Brighton, or Oxford. Since we had already been to Brighton, we took a quick trip to Oxford to check it out. We booked a hostel for one night, and left London early that morning on the train. Oxford is beautiful and old, with small streams and rivers running through the center. We found a great old pub and watched an ‘Open mic night’, rented a boat and rowed along the river, and walked for hours along a canal path.
While we loved visiting, we both knew it was not the place for us. So with that said… We’re staying in London!! That way we can easily travel to far-away lands (or close ones) on our days off.
But for now, here are a few photos of our trip. And you can see the rest of them on our flickr page by clicking here.Leaving from Paddington Station. Hanging out with Paddington Bear. This building looked like it was going to fall over. Completely crooked with warped wood, it was awesome (other than the fact that it had been turned into a Starbucks). Climbing the steep and twisting staircase to the top of Oxford’s Carfax Tower. It was built in the early 1800’s, and has a great view of the city. Enjoying the view from the top of Carfax Tower. Cool wooden mailbox. We passed these two gentlemen as we walked through a park. Their paintings were incredible! Lonely bicycle. The best part of the trip? We rented one of these bad boys and rowed along the river. The day was gorgeous, the water was calm, and we were rowing down a river in Oxford. It doesn’t get much better than that. Happy boy. Happy girl. We made our way to this TINY pub, ‘The Bear’. It was built in the 1600’s, and is lined from floor to ceiling with snippets of ties. Apparently, if you let the bartender cut off part of your tie, you get a free pint. Sadly, Geoff hadn’t brought any along with him, and we had to pay for our beer… Most of the ties were from different clubs, sports teams, and schools. We ended up at this place for dinner and an open mic night. The food was surprisingly delicious, while the performers were (not surprisingly) terrible! But we stayed until the end, giggling at the awful music, munching on peanuts, and attempting to play some British board games we found. We love having random nights like these… Tee he he. We stumbled upon a beautiful, marshy park on the outskirts of the city. Well hello there, Mr. Swan. To all of my rowing friends: Each one of those buildings are boathouses for different crew teams!!! I couldn’t believe how nice they were, with huge decks on the second floor overlooking the water. Not bad… This was the coolest one of all. Matte black paint, three bays filled with boats, and a fourth that had a tool bench all the way down for working on them… I couldn’t help but think of Pat and Robin the entire time!