Timetravel Tuesday

It’s a thing now.  I promise.

Back in 2006, I went to Oxford, England for a study abroad program between my junior and senior years of college.  I was sifting through my old livejournal, and realized I had been trying to decide between taking summer school in Texas (for who knows what reason) or pinning wishful hopes on a study abroad program.

sjcbreakfast

Breakfast daily at St. John’s College dining hall, before being served our choice of English breakfast items. Look at all that silverware! You’re even missing the sight of the great silver soup/cereal spoon. ;)

Wow am  I glad I was able to choose study abroad.  I think only one of my close friends from high school studied abroad, but I knew it was a thing that a lot of people did, and I had always been insanely interested in medieval history!

While I may have made the occasional questionable decision — “Mmm…. custard. One pound and 1.5 ounces of custard for 1.05 pounds. Two bucks for like a pound of custard!!” (<–Taken from my journal.) …overall, I can definitely say that five weeks was a transformative experience for me.

My rabbit made appearances in various places around my room after the 'scouts' (the college housekeepers) came by daily to tidy or change linens.

My rabbit made appearances in various places around my room after the ‘scouts’ (the college housekeepers) came by daily to tidy or change linens.

And because I’m one of those crazy documenter-types, I’m so glad I took lots of notes, took a zillion pictures, and wrote long journal entries about my time there.  It was probably a good thing that Facebook’s policies at the time limited me to 60 pictures per album…

The basement of Blackwell's Bookshop -- taken from the designated "best photo op" vantage point!  By the way, there's also I think... 4 floors or so above ground, full of books.  Book paradise!

The basement of Blackwell’s Bookshop — taken from the designated “best photo op” vantage point! By the way, there’s also I think… 4 floors or so above ground, full of books. Book paradise!

First and foremost though — this trip really taught me that I could be independent, go places on my own, and things would be awesome.  It worked. :)  I took the train to a remote country home for a tour, I took the train to see a musical in London, and I took the train to see a renaissance faire at a castle!  Those deserve their own posts… all in good time.

Have you ever traveled alone, or ever wanted to?  Where would you go or what would you see if you didn’t have to factor in someone else’s decisions?

No shortage of things to do in the center of town!

No shortage of things to do in the center of town!

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Timetravel Tuesday

    • It took many years to get the courage to actually plan things on my own (like me doing the planning, not “alone” as in for me by myself), and then even longer to actually go and do them by myself! Of course I’d usually rather be going places with friends, but I finally realized — why should I miss out on doing something that I really want to do, just because nobody else wants to? Actually when I saw this comment, I was about to run out the door to see a movie on my own that I heard about at the last minute! That’s coming up in another post!

      But what made me really realize I could do it myself — I wanted to visit the house they filmed Pride and Prejudice at (the one with Keira Knightley), and the only friend who seemed interested suddenly refused to go because she refused to see the movie because they cut stuff from the book! Bah! Hahah. So I said “…oh well…” And went! After that, the hardest thing was getting the courage to ask someone to take my picture! :D

    • Oops, I forgot to add — and you can do it!! :D I also selfishly find it fun — then I don’t have to worry about someone else getting bored with seeing what I like to see.

      • Good for you! I’ve gone many places by myself as well. You can’t wait for everyone to be ready when you are. And people are so iffy sometimes. I actually love going to the movies by myself in the early afternoon. Peaceful and quiet to practically have the whole theatre to myself.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s