Monday, April 23, 2012

More pictures for you to enjoy: from the New Hall Ball (held in the Old Course Hotel and the St. Andrews Aquarium) and the Ceilidh in the Castle (a traditional Scottish dance held in the ruins of St. Andrews medieval castle).

Monday, April 16, 2012

This past Saturday, while I was standing outside watching a parade, it managed to go from being sunny to raining to hailing to sunny again––all within 10 minutes. It was the type of Scottish weather everyone warns you about: cold, unpredictable, and always involving some form of precipitation. What's really interesting, though, is that the buildings look much better in this sort of weather. A couple people told me that before I left, and since being here I've heard it again. It sounds kind of crazy––that cold, rainy days brings out the best in a town––but it's true. The stone buildings look all the more ancient and awe-inspiring with a grey sky in the background.

Luckily, though, the weather was beautiful during spring break. Austin, Becky, and I managed to navigate the streets of London, mostly thanks to Austin and a tourist map. We saw all of the big sights: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye. London is one BUSY city. I don't know that I've ever been around so many people (except maybe at the 2008 presidential inauguration). The crazy thing was that it was barely even tourist season––it was only April! And the city was already packed! Any of you planning on going to the 2012 Olympics––be warned, the London streets don't accommodate loads of people very well.

After London, Becky left to join another friend in Italy, and Austin and I headed to Canterbury, home of the first church in England. We toured the charming, little city and went to the Palm Sunday service at Canterbury Cathedral. The cathedral is MASSIVE and is full of such incredible history.

But our next stop, Oxford, was my favorite. If there is ever a place to go to understand what a college campus should look like, it's Oxford. The chapels, dining halls, and quads make you want to spend the rest of your life studying, drinking tea, and writing novels.

I've uploaded some pictures of the adventure here!

So long for now.

p.s. Happy birthday Mom!