Oxford

When I visited the UK in May I also took a one day trip to Oxford.
Whenever people at university talked about Oxford, they would have a certain tone of awe and admiration in their voice.
Such an old town with so much history.
One of the oldest universities in the world.
So many great minds who have come from there.
Oxford is quite something.

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Despite studying in Tübingen – a pretty old and prestigous city as well – I was still amazed as I listened to the guide through the city and university.
These buildings really carry quite some history.

As I walked through town I saw lots of young students in funny robes and caps. It was May and a little early for graduation. But it turns out, in Oxford it’s tradition to dress up for exams, too. Depending on your level and student status, the length and color and style of your gown changes.
Students live in colleges – smaller living and studying communities that offer a variety of courses and subjects. These colleges look so fancy with their chapels and refectory halls – like relicts of a glorious past infused with an essence of the presence.
Old halls are populated with students in skinny jeans and smartphones.
People have fast food lunches in stone buildings from many centuries ago.
Students work on laptops in libraries filled with books of incredible value.

What a different way of studying! A tiny part of myself somehow wished to be a student again.


Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Days of Mundane Narratives! For the month of October I will be a storyteller. Together with a few friends we will browse the forgotten photos in our galleries and tell the stories that are so often lost in busyness.
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Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

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