Friday, 12 April 2013

Oxford Comma

Last Wednesday, my lovely friend Nish invited me to go on a day trip around Oxford! He got his acceptance into Oxford back in January and I'm a prospective student also thinking of applying there so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go there, firstly to check out the university and the various colleges, but also just to have a day out in a beautiful city.

We took the train early in the morning into Oxford and went straight to St Hugh's College where he has been accepted and walked around the lovely grounds. There is something about the atmosphere in the wonderful city of Oxford that is simply unparalleled. Afterwards, we headed back into the centre of town and walked around a few more of the lovely shops, including Blackwell's Bookshop and underground into the Norrington Room which is the single largest room devoted to book-selling.

Later on in the day, we walked to Oxford Castle where lots of restaurants are situated inside. We went to La Tasca where I had tapas for the first time, courtesy of Nish! It was delicious and such a lovely treat. Afterwards, we walked it off by exploring more of Oxford. We went to Christ Church college (my dream college and where my aunty will be getting married this summer!), the cathedral, the covered market, the Ashmolean museum, the Bodleian library, the Bridge of Sighs and a few more places.

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1. Standing in Tom Quad, Christ Church College
2. Standing on staircases @ Christ Church / The Bodleian Library
3. Delicious tapas at La Tasca
4. @ St Hugh's College / The Norrington Room
5. Pretty streets / Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi!
6. Inside the cathedral / Nish @ La Tasca
7. The covered market / Stain glass windows @ ChCh Cathedral
8. At St Hugh's College / Infamous staircases of Christ Church

That's only half of my photos, so look out for the rest in my next post...! Anyway, as you can see from my big cheesy grin in the photos, I had such a lovely day out and it was just the motivation that I need to really try hard and get to Oxford. I have no doubt that it'll be difficult and stressful, but certainly a worthy challenge to undertake! I definitely can't wait to go back and visit, hopefully this summer when I go on my university open day tour (and my aunty's wedding!) :-)

I've only got a few more days until I'm back at school... I'm really gonna miss being able to sleep in and watch daytime television haha. Study leave starts in 3 weeks and exams start a week after that. A little worrying, but I'm gonna try and stay sane. Blog posts may become a little sparse though, so please bear with me!

Have a great weekend!

Chloe xxx

Monday, 1 April 2013

St. Mary's View

Hi, all! With my Easter holiday already well under way, I spent Easter Sunday with my extended family and it was a great way to spend the day and catch up with them all, especially my aunty who I am going to be a bridesmaid for this summer! We spent much of the day getting overexcited and planning lots of things for her wedding and it has gotten me so so excited for the summer! Along with generally just chilling for the majority of the last few days and having a well-deserved rest, me, my sister and some friends attended another Sofar Sounds event here in Birmingham on Friday 29th March!

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1. Customary fairy lights of Sofar Brum
2. Charlie Goodall and T. G. Elias
3. My lovely friends
4. The amazing Cannon Street (& hosts) and Annie Eve
5. Christy and Anna, plus more shots of fairy lights
6. Me with friends!

After having attended a previous Sofar Sounds way back in October 2012 (see post here), it was great to hear that there was another one headed to Birmingham! We first got introduced to this global network of living room gigs through our friend, Nadi, who is in the band Cannon Street along with her sister. They are both so, so talented so I strongly advise you all to check out their music via Youtube or follow them on Twitter! They both actually organise and host the events in Birmingham, which is also a plus as I'm sure that the event has flourished in their very capable hands. Anyway, once again, Sofar Brum was another magical night full of fantastic music and an unparalleled atmosphere. If ever there is a Sofar Sounds gig coming to a city near you, I can't recommend it enough that you go to one!

It seems to be that time of the year again where the revision timetable has to be devised (although not necessarily adhered to...) and revision rears its ugly head. That thought is slightly depressing, if you ask me, but I constantly have to remind myself that it'll all be worth it in the end... I hope. Anyway, apart from revision (and procrastination), I'm actually headed to Oxford for the day with a friend on Wednesday to check out the university as well as the lovely city, which will be really nice. I can't wait!

Hope your week is going well!

Chloe xxx

P.S. My favourite song by Cannon Street is St. Mary's View. Check it out here

P.P.S. How on earth is it already April?! And there is still snow on the streets?!