Oxford!

Yesterday, I took my first day off in a couple of weeks (to be fair, I did spend the week before that particular work-crunch in Scotland) to see my friend Nina from Dartmouth, who spent the year studying classics at Oxford on the same scholarship that I have. It was really great to see her again; the last time was a couple of hours in London at the beginning of this whole odyssey! Crazy to think that meet-up was about nine months ago! For this visit, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

Exeter College chapel. We stopped here because (a) it was on the way to Nina's college from the bus station, and (b) it's where Tolkien was an undergrad, and I'm a Tolkien nut.
Exeter College chapel. We stopped here because (a) it was on the way to Nina’s college from the bus station, and (b) it’s where Tolkien was an undergrad, and I’m a Tolkien nut.
More Exeter College.
More Exeter College.
Nina insisted that I be in some of these pictures. (Photo credit to her.)
Nina insisted that I be in some of these pictures. (Photo credit to her.)
A monument to the great man himself! It's a bust of Tolkien, sculpted by his niece, that has its own little corner in the Exeter College chapel. (PC to Nina.)
A monument to the great man himself! It’s a bust of Tolkien, sculpted by his niece, that has its own little corner in the Exeter College chapel. (PC to Nina.)
Looking the other direction.
Looking the other direction.
A lovely Oxford view, walking toward Lincoln College.
A lovely Oxford view, walking toward Lincoln College.
Inside Lincoln College, where Nina was studying.
Inside Lincoln College, where Nina was studying.
I'm very jealous of their MCR.
I’m very jealous of their MCR.
Nina shows off "her" library.
Nina shows off “her” library.
Christchurch College, AKA, "the big fancy one where the Harry Potter movies were filmed."
Christchurch College, AKA, “the big fancy one where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.”
Taking a stroll on the grounds.
Taking a stroll on the grounds.
An alternative view of Christchurch, from near the Isis.
An alternative view of Christchurch (and other colleges), from near the Isis.
After lunch, we stopped by the Eagle and Child pub, where the Inklings (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their literary circle) met on Tuesday mornings for beer and conversation.
After lunch, we stopped by the Eagle and Child pub, where the Inklings (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their literary circle) met on Tuesday mornings for beer and conversation.
Featured inside the Eagle and Child.
Featured inside the Eagle and Child.
Oxford's version of the Bridge of Sighs. (I think Cambridge's is nicer. :) )
Oxford’s version of the Bridge of Sighs. (I think Cambridge’s is nicer. 🙂 )
The Sheldonian Theatre (AKA "one of those famous Oxford buildings").
The Sheldonian Theatre (AKA “one of those famous Oxford buildings”).
Part of the Bodleian Library (same designation as above).
Part of the Bodleian Library (same designation as above).
Couldn't resist a picture with the natural philosophy door. Photo credit to Nina.
Couldn’t resist a picture with the natural philosophy door. Photo credit to Nina.
The Radcliffe Camera (AKA "Rad Cam"). We actually got inside, thanks to Nina's university and library access cards. Apparently we look similar enough at a glance that the front desk people didn't notice.
The Radcliffe Camera (AKA “Rad Cam”). We actually got inside, thanks to Nina’s university and library access cards. Apparently we look similar enough at a glance that the front desk people didn’t notice.
Ceiling of the upper reading room in the Rad Cam.
Ceiling of the upper reading room in the Rad Cam.
Readers at work in the Rad Cam.
Readers at work in the Rad Cam.
"Thomas Bodley, founder of this very library."
“Thomas Bodley, founder of this very library.”
University Church, which is the Oxford equivalent of Great St. Mary's in Cambridge.
University Church, which is the Oxford equivalent of Great St. Mary’s in Cambridge.
Inside University Church.
Inside University Church.
We went up the bell tower for the view; it's not very high, but Oxford is nearly as flat as Cambridge. Here's the Rad Cam again.
We went up the bell tower for the view; it’s not very high, but Oxford is nearly as flat as Cambridge. Here’s the Rad Cam again.
All Soul's College. I noticed that the colleges all seem to have sundials; one of the relics of old university life.
All Soul’s College. I noticed that the colleges all seem to have sundials; one of the relics of old university life.
Brasenose College (I think), on the other side of the Rad Cam.
Brasenose College (I think), on the other side of the Rad Cam.
The fancy square-ish tower belongs to Merton College, where Tolkien was a professor.
The fancy square-ish tower belongs to Merton College, where Tolkien was a professor.
Oxford is a cute little city.
Oxford is a cute little city.
Looking down the High Street.
Looking down the High Street.
Colleges, college, and more colleges.
Colleges, college, and more colleges.
I quite liked this gargoyle. We don't have nice ones at Great St. Mary's  (and certainly not at Churchill!).
I quite liked this gargoyle. We don’t have nice ones at Great St. Mary’s (and certainly not at Churchill!).
Nina fearlessly jaywalks (classic New Yorker) to Magdalene College while I admire their nice gate.
Nina fearlessly jaywalks (classic New Yorker) to Magdalene College while I admire their nice gate.
Inside Magdalene College.
Inside Magdalene College.
Inner courtyard. I love the little statues around the perimeter.
Inner courtyard. I love the little statues around the perimeter.
Fancy schmancy.
Fancy schmancy.
A small aisle of Oxford's Covered Market.
A small aisle of Oxford’s Covered Market.
I'll close with another view of Magdalene College: the nicest bathrooms  in town.
I’ll close with another view of Magdalene College: the nicest bathrooms in town.
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