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Thursday, Apr 18, 2024

Foreign Correspondents: Oxford, England through Photographs

Editor’s Note: This is an installment of the weekly column, Foreign Correspondents, that will chronicle Middlebury students’ experiences studying abroad. Here, Aidan Acosta ‘20.5 shows snapshots of his life in Oxford.

Spires: These particular spires belong to All Souls College. The crown-shaped structure in the bottom left of the frame sits above the gate to the college’s quadrangle.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="772"] Saint Ives: A coastal town in the south-western county of Cornwall. The region is home to England’s surfing crowd, which becomes immediately clear by the abundance of Volkswagen camper vans and people wearing Volcom and Billabong. The ocean is a beautiful shade of blue and the homes are tightly packed along thin roads, clearly built without anticipating the advent of cars. Cornwall is a four hour drive from Oxford, but it is one of the most beautiful regions I visited in the country. 10/10 would recommend.[/caption]


South Parks: A mere 20-minute walk away from the CMRS Oxford housing and a wonderful place to watch the sun set. It is one of the few elevated areas in the city, which allows for a spectacular view of Oxford’s skyline. Here, Isaac Ducker ’20 (left) and Martha Langford ’20 enjoy the company of a stranger’s dog whilst enjoying the golden hour.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="772"] Oxford Sunset: This is the view of the skyline from South Parks. The chapels that rise above the city belong to some of the central-most colleges on the Oxford campus.[/caption]


Tourism: Here, Isaac (left) and Alexis De La Rosa ’20 take a look at a funny little picture that Alexis took on his fancy Canon EOS Rebel T6. Also taken within the first week, these two are clearly having quite a good time exploring the city of Oxford.

Windor Castle: Oxford students and tourists watch the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is a royal residence in the English county of Berkshire. The castle was built in the 11th century following the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. It is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and The Queen’s favorite place to spend her weekends.

Tourism 2: This photo, taken in the first week of our time in Oxford, depicts Martha admiring the breathtaking architectural elements of the Bodleian Library. The library was opened in 1602 and holds over 13 million printed volumes today.