Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”
While London is an absolutely wonderful place, it does not have punting, inflatable spices, a Roman bath, or a henge of stones.
So in other words, recently I left London behind to visit Oxford, Kew Gardens, Bath, and Stonehenge. Going to most of these places involved traveling through the English countryside for just a few hours, often passing absolutely ADORABLE cottage-like houses.
Oxford varied dramatically from Purdue in terms of architecture. Its castle-like appearance really drove home exactly how old the school is. (A castle from the 1000s?! American universities don’t exactly have THAT.) We explored the campus and then tried punting (a rather impractical way to steer a boat in my opinion). Basically, punting involves using a giant steel pole to push the boat…except the boat doesn’t exactly go in a straight line. Even though we didn’t get too far down the Thames River, it was still a hilariously enjoyable experience.
Bath was the highlight of my trip. It was so vastly different from fast-paced London city life. Prior to the trip, all I knew about Bath came from a science fiction book by a London author. One particular scene took place at a place called the Abbey, so I really wanted to see it. Our bus just happened to park 2 feet away from the beautiful entrance. We got tea at an Alice in Wonderland style cafe and saw the Roman Baths. That same day, we saw the gloriousness of Stonehenge. WHAT’S THE MEANING OF STONEHENGE?!