Oxford Memories

In 2001, I participated in a Eurospring program that allowed me to attend classes in Oxford, UK for my spring semester.  I lived in a lovely place called Wycliffe Hall.  I walked everywhere while in Oxford and learned quick that heels and misted cobblestone streets where a recipe for disaster.  I also found a love for dance clubs like I had never known and still dream about Ali’s Kabab stand that served the best late night food of all time!


Wycliffe Hall. My bedroom was the small window on the 2nd floor directly above the red car in this picture.

Recently I became aware that Dr. Allan Chapman, our professor while in Oxford, received a medal from the Royal Astronomical Society.  http://www.bemidjistate.edu/news/2015/02/17/eurospring-lecturer-dr-alan-chapman-receives-royal-astronomical-societys-jackson-gwilt-medal/

Dr. Chapman

Dr. Chapman – He knew bowties were cool long before Dr. Who 🙂

Dr. Chapman is well known for his studies, lectures and series Gods in the Sky.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Chapman_%28historian%29Dr. Chapman is an amazing man and very interesting to listen to.  He made each lecture an experience.  I loved every moment of watching him as the lessons unfolded; society, music, art, politics.  It was always dynamic and he always inspired and provoked thought.  He led us on tours all over England and enjoyed pints right along side us from time to time.


I learned many things while studying abroad.  Mostly I learned about myself.  I learned about people, as this was the time I really spread my wings and learned the skill of making friends of everyone I meet.  I learned what is was to really work for something you wanted, and I wanted the opportunity to study outside of the USA.   I still keep tabs on friends I made while studying overseas.

Oxford was really only the beginning of the journey, for once our studies were completed we got on a huge bus, drove to the white cliffs of Dover and hopped a ferry to France 🙂  And the weeks that ensued were some of the most amazing experiences of my life, traveling all over Europe; France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and more.

Yes, I am one of those people that says “I’ve been there” while watching movies and sometimes I even tear up a bit, because those memories are so fond.  That time was mine and I have always cherished it.  And that sense of adventure has never left me 🙂

To those who dare to dream and wonder!

Making memories each day.



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