Imagine a beautiful English city mixed with the Harry Potter movie set and loads of college campuses and students and you get Oxford. 

I was lucky enough to call this beautiful city home for 3 weeks while I was taking a course at Oxford Brooke’s University. 

Our first day there was May Day, where the tradition is to participate in May Morning. Complete with a 6:00 am start, singers on the church towers and Morse dancers, it was a neat experience. Al the students and locals were out, there were thousands of people in total. 

The best part of Oxford in my opinion is the mix of beautiful buildings and gardens and nature. Everywhere you look, buildings have unique features and amazing details. The narrow streets and loads of pedestrians and cyclists, mixed with gardens and green spaces make the town very picturesque. 

The Radcliffe camera is one of the most significant buildings to see in Oxford:

The Oxford Brooke’s Headington campus where I studied was very modern compared to many of the Oxford schools and campuses. The facilities were excellent and the campus was just a short walk away. 

Punting was one of the many popular activities in Oxford. It involved a group of people taking a long wooden boat out on the river with a large pole to push the boat along in the shallow water. Sounds crazy, and it’s definitely more challenging than it looks but it’s also a lot of fun! You can pack a picnic and some champagne and have a great afternoon. 

The Botanic Gardens are located right along High street near the river. These gardens are absolutely beautiful and offer a lovely area to spend time next to the water.

Oxford Botanic Gardens:

The Oxford High street offered lots of shops and restaurants. The best part of the city is that with all of the students, many places are very affordable or offer student discounts.

View of High Street:

Going for a tea was a classic English affair that we did in Oxford. Cream tea and scones became a favourite! My favourite spot was The Vault, which was right across from the Radcliffe Camera. 

A typical afternoon tea and scones:

Overall, Oxford was a lovely city and I was very lucky to spend three weeks here. I will definitely go back to visit! 


East Sussex 

This past week has been spent staying with family in East Sussex England. This area is located about 25 from Gatwick Airport making it very convenient to travel to. It is also about one hour to the centre of London, and one hour to the coast. While a car is the easiest way to get around the area, all of these trips can be done by transit. 

On our first day, we visited an old town called Rye. It’s near the sea, and located where rivers meet. The town has roots dating back to 1200 and is a medieval town, which served as a historic port. 

Ypres Tower (Rye Castle) is a historic part of the town wall. You can climb several steep staircases and reach the top which offers beautiful views of the town:

Being such an old town, the buildings are historic, original and the roads are often cobblestone.  The town is complete with shops and lovely cafes, restaurants and inns. We visited the Mermaid Inn, where we were given a tour including the wine cellar:

Cobblestone street in Rye:

From East Sussex, it’s very easy to get to London by train. We did this one day, which I will post about later.
East Sussex is full of Beautiful towns, villages and countryside.  One afternoon we went for high tea in Horsted, a place the queen used to visit. 

High tea cakes:

 Our other days were spent visiting local towns of Uckbridge and Tunbridge Wells for lunches,  shopping and sight seeing. 

An example of the housing in Tunbridge Wells:

Overall, East Sussex is a lovely area to visit if you want to see both the coast and the countryside. Easily accessible to London, but less busy and expensive.