Spring has defiantly arrived in London, and hopefully it will stay! In order to fully appreciate spring in London you must go to the gardens. This means having lunch in a garden, taking a nap in a garden, and spending every possible spare moment in a garden. They are all beautifully manicured and perfect for people watching!
AHA London Centre took us on a fun journey to Oxford! Oxford is situated just an hour or so bus ride from London, and is home to the internationally known university, Oxford. University of Oxford is composed many colleges, and we visited the most famous college, Christ Church College. Once you enter the grounds of Christ Church College you are instantly transported into the medieval times. Christ Church was once home to Henry VIII’s Cardinal Wolsey, and was where many scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. Every corner we turned was stunning!
After a tour of Christ Church we headed to the Sheldonian Theatre. The Sheldonian Theatre was built in the 1600s and has been used for music concerts, lectures, and university ceremonies for several decades. The best part of the theatre was the tower you could climb to. Once at the top you had a 360-degree view of Oxford! It was breathtaking. The stone buildings, endless cobblestone paths, and blue sky made you fall in love with this historic city!
After a wonderful lunch from the local markets we made our way to the famous Bodleian Library. The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and was built in the early 1600s. The library remains close to its original state and makes you feel like you are in the Harry Potter Library—yes some of the scenes were filmed there! It was wonderful to see the old books, study areas, and beautifully painted ceilings. The library was just amazing!
All the AHA London Centre students got into the spirit of Oxford by having a brunch the next morning at watching… well Harry Potter of course!
Oxford overall was a wonderful city, and I can see why so many people love studying there… it lived and breathed the university! Each street inspired you to push yourself to learn and explore as much as you can. I know that my time in England has inspired me to do just that. The world is full of historical streets, delicious foods, and wonderful people to add to my life!
Just a hint on the next blog post: plays, plays, plays!
Christ Church College http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk
Sheldonian Theatre http://www.ox.ac.uk/subsite/sheldonian_theatre/sheldonian_theatre/
Bodleian Library http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley