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 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.
This is the outdoor corridor leading to my stairway. Lots of people bike around here.
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.
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.
Lamb doner kebab with raw onion, cabbage, and chili sauce, all in a warm pita. I ate this one out of my lap on a bench in a tiny square. The lamb doner was balanced nicely with the freshness of the raw veg, and the spicyness of the chili sauce. For only £3, it was a pretty decent take away meal.
Fish and chips, a small mixed greens salad. For my first ever fish and chips in England, this one was pretty good. The fish was flaky and perfectly cooked inside it’s crunchy shell of fried batter. The chips were not so good, a little dry. But the tarter sauce was home made and awesome. The salad was a nice touch of freshness on a plate otherwise piled high with friedness.
King prawn (shrimp) and rocket (arugula) sandwhich, apple juice to drink. For a premade sandwhich coming out of a grocery store, this one was not half bad. It was a kind of prawn salad like tuna salad, it had onions and celery, and mayonnaise. Where we would say salad, they just call it a “prawn mayonnaise.” Where in America can we get a premade grocery store sandwhich with shrimp and arugula on it?
Chicken and mushroom pasty, with 500 mils of Dr. Pepper. More of a snack than a real lunch, but I was on the go. The pastry was flaky and well seasoned, lots of herbs in the sauce. The Dr. Pepper was cold and refreshing.
Salmon filet, roasted potatoes, cabbage and greens, pear, plums, strawberries and cream for dessert. Not a terrible dinner, the strawberries and cream were well tasty.