Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Home Again, Home Again!

Well, I'm back safe in the states. I'm so grateful for everyone's thoughts and prayers as I set off on this great journey! It's so nice to be home, and I'm so, so thankful for the amazing opportunity I've had studying in Oxford.

I'm so blessed to have been able to experience everything from an Oxford tutorial to a Royal Wedding. I got to look for the Loch Ness monster and explore the Roman Baths. It was an amazing trip, and I'm so glad to have gone!

I can't wait for my Junior year in Auburn--I'm sure God has great things planned for me there, and I'm so grateful that he brought me through one of the most difficult and most rewarding experiences of my life!



Saturday, June 18, 2011

London Adventures

Hey Everyone!

Sorry it's been more than a few days since my last post! Just wanted to keep you updated on things that have been happening here. I can't believe it's been 11 weeks already! Only a few days until I board the plan to head home. I still have so much to do while I'm here--two novels to read, two papers to write, two suitcases to pack, and frenzied attempts to cram in more sightseeing here in Oxford. Crazy!

Since I last wrote I've been to London twice seeing Westminster Abbey, riding the London Eye, going to the Tower of London, and seeing Wicked and Phantom of the Opera! Here are some pictures from those trips...
Day Trip 1: Starting the climb up the Eye

There were lots of small children on our "flight."
They made me really, really nervous!

The capsule in front of us
had to have repairs. Glad we weren't in
that one!

Glad it was a clear-ish day. You could at least see
most of the buildings!

Big Ben is my favorite part of the London
Skyline. Behind it is Westminster Abbey

Oh, the kids.

It took us 30 minutes to do a complete "flight" on the
London Eye.

Cloisters at Westminster Abbey

He just shows up everywhere! First Edinburgh, now in

I was in London on D-Day and found this monument
to Australian soldiers who died in WWI and WWII.

Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner
(For the record, Hyde Park Corner is
my LEAST favorite spot in London. I got lost
there twice.)

Apollo Victoria Theatre!

I had amazing seats on the second row! Thanks Mom and Dad!

We also had our "end of term" party for the tutors who have
been teaching us this term. We got to have a good time
decorating and cooking for them--they said that
our party was the best one they've been to!

Dr. David Bradshaw enjoying our southern cookout cuisine.

2nd trip to London--I did a river cruise in the rain.
This is the Millennium Bridge. 

Tower Bridge and the HMS Belfast. (Or, as our guide said,
the "Hache M S Belfast"). 

Tower Bridge

Traitor's Gate at the Tower of London

White Tower

Memorial to Anne Boleyn and others who were beheaded
near this spot.

It was a little creepy--there was a puddle on the monument.

Ravens at the tower--they keep a colony of six, apparently
if there are no ravens there the kingdom will fall.
And they just let some of them roam around. Their wings
are clipped, but the birds are still pretty big!

One redeeming fact:
Ravens mate for life...

The "Beefeater" giving a tour at the Tower 

Lambeth Palace--the Archbishop of Canterbury's
London home and office.

British Museum, which, sadly, I didn't get to go see.
They were closing when I got there. 

Her Majesty's theatre--I got last minute, cheap
tickets to go see Phantom of the Opera!

Nighttime views of Big Ben

London Eye

Westminster Abbey
All in all it's been a very busy couple of weeks. I'm off to finish a novel for class and then start on the next one! I've had such a wonderful trip, but I'm really excited to be heading home soon. It's been a pretty exhausting trip, and I'll be glad when these last two papers are finished!

Thanks for reading, more to come :)


Friday, June 10, 2011


Hey Everyone! Just wanted you to know that things have gotten slightly crazier around Oxford, so I might not have as much time to update the blog before I head home in 2 weeks. I do need to finish posting on Scotland and my trip to London, though. Since I don't have much time I'll just post a lot of pictures with explanations! Sorry!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Panoramic View from the Low Defenses

Dog Cemetary

William Wallace Stained Glass in
St. Margaret's chapel, oldest building in

Robert Bruce becomes Robert THE Bruce


Calton Hill

Look who I found in the old Calton cemetary!

Scotland's disgrace--unfinished parthenon on Calton Hill

View of Firth from Calton Hill

Scotland's Disgrace

Nelson Monument
Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Talk to you later!!