Meal #13: Dinner

Stewed beef on rice, Dinning Hall, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

This stewed beef on rice was not so bad.  It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t disgusting.  There was a tomato based sauce with lots of veg.  The pearl onions were very nice.  I had yogurt with fruit in the corner for dessert.  Their yogurt here tastes a lot like our organic yogurt in the states, having the same consistency as they do not pump it full of stabilizers and artificial thickeners.  And it’s not filled with corn syrup, it’s actually pleasantly sour, it tastes like yogurt should taste.

Meal #12: Dinner

Lamb hotpot, The Rose and the Crown, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

I actually ordered a steak and ale pie, which looked amazing in the pictures, but they were out of them.  So I settled for this “hotpot” instead.  It was pretty good in the end.  It was made up of tender lamb and potatoes with onions and mushrooms, all baked in a little ramekin.  I actually ordered mushy peas, but they gave me whole, so I mushed them myself and put them in my hotpot.  I’m finding out very quickly that which I always suspected: English food is good if you know what to order —they are expert “pie” makers here.

Meal #11: Lunch

Bag lunch, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

This is the bag lunch we were given to take on our all-day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.  The sandwiches varied greatly, but all the rest was identical.  My sandwich was sausage and mustard and mayo.  It was disgusting.  I ended up feeding a lot of it to a peacock that was wondering around.  But I ate the fruit and drank the juice.  The peacock got most of my crisps too, because they were disgusting as well.  After seeing someone else eating their Bounty candy bar, I didn’t have the guts to eat my own.  Thanks a lot Oriel College.

Meal #10: Breakfast

English breakfast, Dinning Hall, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

This is not my first English breakfast here, but it is the first one I remembered to take a picture of.  This is my breakfast everyday here at the college, (when I decide to wake up for it.)  It’s usually the same choices, with only slight changes sometimes.  I usually just go for the fried egg, the bacon, and the beans.  The toast they bring around as it becomes available.  I usually put the egg on the toast and then top it with a little beans.  I just wish the breakfast sausages were better so that I could eat those everyday as well, but they are terrible – mostly filler I think.  We also get orange juice, but only in tiny glasses and it takes forever for the workers to refill our pitchers.

Meal #9: Dinner

Pork and apple pie, dinning hall, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

This was the best meal at the college so far!  The pork and apple pie was so good, I ate an extra portion.  It had big juicy chunks of pork in a lovely savory sauce.  There were mushrooms, onions, and slices of apple in with the pork, all under a crispy, flaky, perfect philo dough.  The potatoes and corn were nothing special, but the salad was very bland.  The dessert was awesome though, cream puffs floating in a dark chocolate bath!  I wish they made this for me every night!

Meal #8: Lunch

Turkey and cranberry sandwich with crisps, EAT., Oxford, UK

This was my first trip to the famous EAT. restaurant that Rachel was obsessed with.  I don’t usually like deli style turkey, but this sandwhich was pretty good.  I think it was the cranberry sauce that made it work.  There was also plenty of rocket on there.  The crisps were good too, salt and vinegar crisps are always good.

Meal #6: Dinner

Pork fajita burrito, The Mission, Oxford, UK

I didn’t think they could make descent Mexican food in Europe, but they do!  Taste wise, this was the best meal I have eaten since I borded the plane in Chicago.  The Mission is just like Chipotle, but the flavours are slightly different.  I ordered the same thing I would get at Chipotle, and I think I like The Mission more.  When the guy was done adding stuff to my burrito, he sort of massaged it all around, mixing everything together.  What a good idea, someone should forward that to Chipotle.  Good dinner.

My new shoes.

My new shoes from the Primark, Oxford, UK

If I had known how awesome the Primark clothing store is before I left for Oxford, I wouldn’t have packed any clothes!  All the clothes are really cool, and ultra cheap.  Cheaper than in the US.  V-neck T-shirts for only £2!  I bought some shorts and shirts, and this pair of awesomely crappy English shoes!  They look cool and help me fit in here with the locals, but I feel like I’m barefoot when I’m wearing them.  Had to get them though, they were just £5!

My 5-week home-away-from-home.

Stairway XXVIII, Room 1, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

My new home!  Its really not a bad room for a dorm.  Since our buildings were converted from apartments many years ago, everyone’s room is different.  Mine has a large closet whereas some don’t even have a closet at all.  My bathroom is larger than most as well.  All our rooms also have different furniture as well.  A couple super lucky people have small refridgerators, I have a piano!  I wish I new how to play.

Corridor to Stairway XXVIII, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

This is the outdoor corridor leading to my stairway.  Lots of people bike around here.

My room from the outside, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

This is my room, the purple wall with the slightly open windows.  This is the bad part about my rooom.  I am on the ground floor.  Although I don’t have to climb any stairs, I can only open my windows about four inches, for security.  They are blocked with little blocks of wood screwed into the frame.  And this alley is a busy walkway.

Dinning hall, Oriel College, Oxford, UK

This is where I eat breakfast and dinner most of the time.  Except for the pictures that I lost, I have forgotten to take breakfast pictures every single day.  I promise I will take one next time.