THE END IS NEAR Hilary term at Oxford is nearly over!

Terms here at Oxford only last eight weeks! After those eight weeks people take their final exams, so this week we will have four days to write four thousand words based on our seminar. Because we are trying to maintain the American credit system we take three classes during Hillary term (Oxford students only take two) and write an essay each week (Oxford students usually only write one every other week). And then when Hilary term ends we start a research course to finish the American 4 class system. It has been a lot of work and does not leave a lot of room for traveling. Luckily, since I joined the Oxford Walking Society I do leave sometimes but mostly my photos for this month are a choppy and don't have the narrative that they usually do.

One of the first things I learned to do in this past month is making Gyoza!

Not all of the walking trips have been great. We went to the Black Mountains in Wales which are supposed to be beautiful but there was a hurricane that came through the day before and we felt the end of it, there was a lot of rain and high winds.

I kept quoting Forest Gump, "One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain... and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night..."

I was informed by my new friend from Spain that I say "Barcelona" wrong is "Bathelona". You can also see that he is carrying the Oxford Walking Society's mascot!

Another place that I went was the oldest college at Oxford, Merton College.

The cover photos is from their library!
Funny story: the giant organ here bought from the donations from an alumnus from the college. In his will he stated that half of his money would go to the college and they couldn't use the money for anything but buying an organ. He ended up dying unexpectedly and ended up donating something like 2 million pounds to the college, and they could only use it to buy an organ so they bought the biggest organ they could!

One of the coolest things I have done for my tutorials is handling Viking Age artifacts at the Ashmolean Museum!

My favorite walking trip that I went to was the Seven Sister Hills in South East England!

One of my favorite parts are seeing all the sheep in England!

Lastly, I went to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill!

There was an interesting fashion exhibition going on at the same time, so we got to stand on a Dior Walkway.
There wasn't enough room in the cafe so one of the waiters let us eat in the private dinning room known as the Indian Room!

Touring the gardens were just as beautiful as the inside of the palace!

Hope you enjoyed this month's round of photos! The next batch will be when I get back from Spring Break in Paris!

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