The University of Oxford, despite having no clear foundation date, is the second oldest university in the world. The city is incredibly pretty, albeit an intimidating maze of historic colleges and cobbled lanes that look confusingly similar.
I wandered around getting lost in weak autumn sunshine yesterday. Following a dog-legged lane, I turned a corner to find myself here, under the Bridge of Sighs. Across the road is the beautiful and fascinating Bodleian Library which requires an oath from students and readers who use it. It reads: “I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, or to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document, or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring into the Library or kindle therein any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.” It holds 13 million printed items. 📖
It’s funny, living in London makes me really question why people seem to have so much pent up frustration inside them. Yesterday a cyclist screamed at a pedestrian that they were an idiot, before (idiotically, you might say) proceeding to cycle through a red light... last weekend I saw two people start shoving each other (!!) arguing over who was first in the queue for the bus.... I guess you can never know what kind of bad day someone is having and it’s good to try and be receptive to the potential struggles people face.... on the other hand I think sometimes people are just too inpatient and need to take some responsibility over the stress level in their life if it’s so bad that you snap like that- if the stress if something that you have the power to change. By that I mean, if your high powered job is turning you in to someone who is constantly tired and irritable and impatient, maybe reflect on that!
@societycafe are an independent speciality coffee shop in the heart of Oxford city centre. Their focus is on making great coffee sourced directly from the best coffee producing farms in the world and roasted by the best roasters in the world. They always have two espressos from different farms and roasters, as well as 3 choices of filter on any given day. Society Café also serve incredible loose-leaf teas, bespoke hot chocolates, a range of cold drinks, delicious locally made cakes and pastries and home-made sandwiches. The café space is carefully thought out with everyone in mind. A great place to stop and rest while out Christmas shopping this December!⠀ #indieoxford ⠀ #independentoxford ⠀ #igersoxford ⠀⠀ #oxfordlife ⠀⠀ #oxfordcity ⠀⠀ #oxfordlens ⠀⠀ #oxforduk ⠀⠀ #oxford_uk ⠀⠀ #oxfordlifestyle ⠀⠀ #oxfordcoffee ⠀⠀ #eatanddrinklocal ⠀ #foodfolk
Punting in the morning sun? Yes please! Though the weather wasn't the best in the past days, the sun made an appearance two or thee times this week. Punting is a traditional activity here in Oxford - but it's definitely much more popular (and pleasant) in the summer than in the cold December!
Finally had the opportunity to vote for the first time in my life today. Such a flood of emotions - happiness, gratefulness, hope. I cried all the way back home.
What an incredible phenomenon elections are. Walking to the polling station felt like I was about to do one of the most important tasks of my life: helping to decide an entire nation's future. It's incredible to think of the power that comes with your vote - YOU are rewriting history. And what happens in one country shapes and determines what happens in the rest of the world. So you are not just impacting this country but world history at large.
What a big burden of responsibility! But how beautiful that individuals with their single votes can come together and push a nation on a different path. We are at the crossroads at this very moment. Very rarely do you get the opportunity to actually contribute to something so large-scale and momentous.
Make the most of this. Go out and vote. And vote wisely, for yourself, for everyone, and for mother Earth.
Dreamy throwback to honeyed summer sunsets over Port Meadow to get through Election Day in the UK. If you’re in the UK and registered to vote don’t forget to go out and cast your vote! Every vote matters 🌹❤️.
Beautiful @blenheimpalace is just one of many lovely places in and around Oxford that light up the winter darkness at Christmas. Our features writer Phoebe has just been on tour there for the latest installment of her car-free series in The Guardian. Check it out - link in bio! 👆
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Found a festive use for damaged withdrawn books 🎄 I was so proud of my book tree children that the garland is now decorating our new books display at work, I'm so tragic 🤗 #igersoxford
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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. – Italo Calvino
We are now fully ensconced in Christmas Party season! Either you've had yours already, it's coming up soon, or perhaps you're ducking out to catch up on a boxset. Whichever it is, enjoy yourselves, stay safe, and always respect the staff looking after you 💁🏻♂️💁🏻♀️
Excellent party papping from @pespan
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🇪🇦 GRAN COMEDOR DE HARRY POTTER! 🧙✨ Sabéis que el salón comedor de la Christ Church College sirvió de inspiración para grabar el gran comedor de Harry Potter? Al igual que en la película es una pasada de salón!
DATOS: 1️⃣ La entrada son unas £12/£15 y aunque parece un poco caro la verdad es que merece la pena.
2️⃣ Dentro mismo tiene la catedral más pequeña de Gran Bretaña, Christ Church Cathedral.
3️⃣ Aunque Oxford tiene actualmente 38 Colleges, Christ Church College es mucho más que una simple residencia universitaria o colegio mayor.
🇬🇧 HARRY POTTER'S GREAT HALL! 🧙✨ Did you know that the Harry Potter's great hall was inspired in the Christ Church College's great hall?? It is as amazing as in the movie!