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..."
One of the coolest things I have done for my tutorials is handling Viking Age artifacts at the Ashmolean Museum!
One of my favorite parts are seeing all the sheep in England!
Lastly, I went to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill!