Images in this post are courtesy of Wikipedia.Yesterday morning we all got up and were ready to go at 8:30. We left in small groups and made our way to Paddington Station. We got there in enough time to peruse the Paddington Bear area before the first train to Oxford was about to depart. All the seats were taken, but several from our class squeezed in and stood. I and a few others waited for the next train, were the first ones on board, and got to have our pick of the seats. We arrived in Oxford a little bit after 11:00.
Upon arrival we were greeted by our professor, Dr. Welsh, who had been on the first train. She had bought tickets for us to use the hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus, and had those and our maps ready to go. We hopped on the bus and rode down to the Bodleian library. We weren't in time for the first tour at 11:30, but we found out what time we needed to be there for the second tour at 2:00. This was about the time when I realized my ticket had blown away during the bus ride on the top deck. I didn't mind walking. I had lists of recommendations from wonderful friends who have lived in Oxford and studied there, so I knew of a wonderful little lunch spot in the St. Mary the Virgin Church, known as The Vaults & Garden Cafe. After having a bite to eat, I wandered into Blackwell's Bookstore, and promptly got lost. I managed to find my way out just in time for the tour of the Bodleian Library.