Oh hey, Emma Watson!
Let’s discuss the few awesome things that have occured recently.
- I saw Emma Watson in Tesco. We shared an incredible escalator journey. As I was heading down, she was heading up talking to a boy–and we made eye contact. I gave her an awkward, i’m-secretly-dying-inside smile. But that’s ok. Also, yes–she.is.gorgeous.
- Five days later, I saw her walking right in front of me on Broad St, one of Oxford’s main streets. That’s right. I was walking right behind Hermoine. If I’ve seen her twice in one week, I can’t even imagine how many times I’ll have seen her by the end of next June. Best friends for life.
- Last week I went to my first Champagne & Chocolates–a black tie event with unlimited champers and chocs for 5 pounds. Such a classy event in Mansfield’s gorgeous chapel. Win-win. Below is a pic of Kelly, Sophia, Ashley, me, and Gabby. I’ve known Gabby since I was 11- I met her when I was a junior bridesmaid for my English nanny’s wedding. What started out as penpals turned into American-British sisters. 🙂 She currently studies at the University of Leeds in Northern England and she came down the weekend of my third week in Oxford for a long-awaited visit!
- I got to re-read Lolita, my absolute favorite book of all time for my Vladimir Nabokov tutorial this past week. My secondary readings and the discussion I had with my tutor opened my eyes to new interpretations. Nerdy, but I loved it.
- I had my first football ‘crewdate’. Essentially, crew dates are socials where a girls’ sports team is paired up with a boys’, we go to a family-style restaurant, drink wine, and then go dancing after. I got to meet and get to know so many people and the Lincoln Rugby boys provided some entertaining moments. All-in-all: amazing. I want a million more. Pictured below: Mansfield second-years Sophie & Lotty, Sophia, Kelly, and me at Jamal’s for the crewdate!
- A few Holy Cross girls studying elsewhere in Europe visited Oxford this weekend and it was so nice to have a piece of home in England.
- Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto came out.
- While it snowed back home in New England, it remained sunny and crisp– the perfect autumn weather– over in merry ol’ England.
Doesn’t get much better than that.
And on a serious note, Oxford has a pretty serious issue with homelessness–and particularly, homeless people with dogs. It’s heart-breaking to walk past these people every day and hear them begging for spare pence, as well as see emaciated and filthy dogs sleeping in soot-covered sleeping bags next to them. The other night, I was struck by one gentleman in front of the grocery store and when I collected groceries inside, I also picked up a granola-nut bar and dog bones. When I walked outside, I handed him the items for him and his dog. I won’t ever forget his gratefulness and his shaggy, dirty dog’s little eyes. I hope him and his dog slept with fuller stomachs that night.
That’s all for now. Bless xxx
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