Woah, I just checked my timetable and we’re in 9th week? How did this happen?! Time has flown by. It feels like not that long ago I was on the CU stall at freshers fair handing out free washing up liquid to slightly dazed looking freshers. The amount of deadlines that I have coming up are making me cry inside a little but there’s still a lot to look forward to in the remaining three weeks and I’ve had such a lovely weekend.
On Saturday, I went for Thanksgiving dinner at my friend’s house. There are a few American students at my church so they educated the rest of us about Thanksgiving traditions and cooked us the most incredible dinner, including the biggest turkey I’ve ever seen, mashed potatoes, candied yams (essentially, sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top that make a crust when you bake it in the oven. It’s as weird as it sounds), green beans, stuffing and pumpkin pie. It was so nice to spend time with close friends and think about how lucky we are to have so much in our lives. I would definitely recommend befriending Americans so that you can share in this fun holiday.
On Sunday I went to Oxford to visit a friend from home. I should have taken photos to post here because it was really beautiful! We walked along the river by Port Meadow which was all misty and mysterious looking, went to church and then did some Oxford sightseeing. This included going to Christ Church college (where they filmed some of Harry Potter!) which was pretty fun because lots of tourists were queuing to pay so they could get in but my friend can bring in a +1 for free because he’s an Oxford student so we just walked in. Christ Church is very very beautiful, it has a gigantic, very stately quad, a meadow, a boat house and a cathedral. It was nice to be able to look around but I imagine that it’s pretty annoying for the students who live and study there to constantly have tourists coming in and out (although apparently they charge the tourists loads during the summer so I doubt the college minds too much). We also visited the Ashmolean Museum which apparently was the world’s first university museum. I learnt a lot about the history of Oxford this weekend.
This week it’s back to lectures after a week of mostly doing a genetics practical. One of my deadlines that’s coming in is writing up my practical in journal format. I found the theory quite hard to get my around so I’m a bit worried but also excited as this is probably the only time I can write myself in as the lead author of a paper 😉
I hope you all are doing well and are looking forward to Christmas xx