Monday, March 29, 2010

At Home in Oxford

We left New York City on March 24 and headed off for England where John is beginning his doctoral studies at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.  We had an overnight flight across the Atlantic, arriving in London early in the morning.  After walking about a mile to the customs and on to luggage pick-up we found our bus to Oxford without any problems.  Arriving in Oxford, we got a taxi to our room.....that was a bit of an adventure trying to get four suitcases and two carry-ons from the bus station to the taxi park.  Fortunately it wasn't a great distance away.

So, here we are at our flat.  The second window up on the left is our room. 
When we come in the front door we go immediately upstairs.  The thing is, we need to take our shoes off at the door, so it's a bit complicated!  It usually means that one of us waits outside the door while the other one sits on the stairs to take off their shoes.   Immediately at the top of the stairs is the bathroom which we share with three other men. 

Coming out of the bathroom are a few more steps up.  To the right is the kitchen which we also share with the three other men.  Straight ahead is our bedroom.  To the left you can see the banister that is a stair case going to three bedrooms upstairs.

The kitchen is nice and has a refrigerator, dishwasher (which we don't use since we don't have that many dishes and there doesn't seem to be any dishwasher soap anyway), a washing machine, a stove, a table and chairs, a kettle, a toaster,and pans and dishes, etc.

Our room is very large.  We have a bed, built-in bookshelves, a table and chairs, two dressers, and a wardrobe so we have plenty of storage space!  
And last of all, this is the view from our window.  The building across the street is pretty much a mirror image of our building.  To the left we can see the canal.  I walked along there this morning and found it to be a perfect place for walking.


Dusty Penguin said...

How nice! It's lovely. Is that one of those wonderful down duvets on the bed?

Anonymous said...

John and Nancy, what an adventure!!! We love Oxford. Wish we could come and share a "cuppa" with you. There used to be a great place for a cream tea on the High Street called Raffles. I do not know if it is still there. Praying for you as you find your feet there. Enjoy England, your studies and this new adventure in your lives. Blessings!! Ralph and Maridee

Amanda said...

Wow, what a great looking place. We lived in the UK for six months before we went to Niger. I worked in the UK office and Michael worked for Steve Jay in the International Computer Office (in the UK). We loved the UK and really miss it. Can't wait to visit our friends and supporters there again one day. They all live around Wetheringsett in Suffolk.

podso said...

It looks very English and wonderful. Love those big windows. Hope your stay and studies there go well-how long?

Heather said...

So neat! Thanks for sharing the pictures. The buildings are beautiful.