I try to not be a complete idiot.
I made it through college – a pure miracle considering the special scored I received on some of my Chinese language exams – and walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall to receive my diploma from NYU in May.
However, as I walked through the hallowed halls of Oxford University this past weekend, there was a overwhelming sense of intimidation as I passed by the students. They were like brains with bodies attached to them. Walking, talking, massive BRAINS. You could sense their ridiculous intelligence from miles away.
I bought an Oxford University hoodie. I stood in the quads of some of the colleges and peered in to take a look. Some of the students would walk by in gaggles and you could tell that they were assessing you. OUTSIDER.
After I got over the fact that I was pottering (pun INTENDED since they filmed the Harry Potter movies in Oxford a lot!) around a city of geniuses and was able to look away from the “walking and talking brains” and see what the city itself had to offer, I discovered a truly spectacular little town. And it was absolutely swarming with Chinese tourists. Suddenly, I felt at home.
The town of Oxford is filled with spires, cathedrals, quads, and towers. Every corner is Instagram worthy (#nofilter) and the scenery was just amazing. We had a lovely wander around the top of University Church of St. Marys (4 pounds entry fee to climb to the top) and saw the city from a unique angle. We then head to QUOD, a cute little restaurant on High Street, and enjoyed some quality people watching.
For those heading to Oxford, there are several different ways to break up your day: looking at pretty buildings, eating good meals at famous restaurants, and taking advantage of the outdoors. Oxford is filled with historical buildings: Christ Church, Bodlein Library, the Radcliffe Camera, and Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History are at the top of my list.
For activities, nothing beats a stroll through the Oxford University Parks to see where Bill Clinton used to run when he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, followed by a trip to the water for some punting on the River Thames. And for a dining experience filled with history, visit The Eagle and Child (known as “The Bird and Baby” by Oxford locals) where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien would gather for a meal.