1. Saturday June 29

    Atlanta, GA, USA

    My amazing, supportive, loving, truly incredible parents dropped me off at the new International Terminal of the Atlanta Airport to fly alone for the first time, dream of Oxford adventures, and finally begin a real one once I arrive in London. My friend Claire will be waiting for me there to move to our temporary Oxford home and make our share of infinite memories of studying and growing in Oxford. (I have no photos from this time. Here is a collage that will later happen in Edinburgh, and represents how enthusiastic I am to begin this adventure).

     
  2. Sunday June 30

    Oxford, England

    Light and love shine upon Trinity College as we arrive to begin a beautiful six week adventure among Shakespeare, international communication, day trips, theatre, wine in the garden, and gratitude for life. I run across the college and the city in awe of the series of events that brought me to this country, this university, this point in life in which I have the privilege to study among brilliance and challenge my worldview and seek the process of becoming a better Danielle. In awe, full of awe, awestruck.

     
  3. Sunday June 30

    Oxford, England

    Claire and I explore the wonder that lies just outside our home at Trinity College. The philosophers and playwrights outside the Sheldonian Theatre, the Nonsense phone booth, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Bodleian Library – our soon-to-be second home. This blue Oxford sky would greet us the same for a month and a half.

     
  4. Monday July 1

    Oxford, England

    The first High Table Dinner at Trinity College greets us with warmth and mirth. The gardens are greener than our dreams and the sky only threatening a joyous sort of rain – which we somehow encountered only twice in 6 weeks of British delight. 

     
  5. Wednesday July 3

    Stratford, England

    The immense and striking British countryside leaves me in awe as my Shakespeare course, tutored by Dr. Dutton, travels to Stratford Upon Avon to visit the childhood home of William Shakespeare, frolic through town, visit his resting place, and then end the day with an exceptional performance of As You Like It at the RSC. So many of my dreams materialized in one day, and I have never felt more grateful.

     
  6. Thursday July 4

    Oxford, England

    A night of barhopping to celebrate our home country’s independence from our host country (the irony was not lost on us) brings us to The Eagle and Child, favorite pub of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

     
  7. Friday July 5

    London, England

    On my first expedition to London, Claire and I take a bus from Oxford to meet with our childhood friend Katie, who was working at the embassy in Madrid (no biggie). We also met her friend Shoshanna, and we all frolicked with immense joy and visited museums and ate gelato and felt grateful for consciousness. 

     
  8. Saturday July 6

    Oxford, England

    Alice’s Day celebrates Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll’s literary contributions to Oxford and the world. Christ Church, like much of the city, opens its doors for special exhibits and general celebrations on this day.

    We also explored its dining hall, of which Harry Potter’s is based. We also visited the campus’s church with the most beautiful stained glass windows of any Oxford college. Did you know that the origin of ‘story’ to refer to a tale is its relationship to the stories (as in ‘height’ or ‘floor’) of a church indicating the progression of biblical tales as they move through the height of a stained glass window? Oxfordian knowledge!

    The final image is the staircase of a library with artifacts from early Alice in Wonderland art.

     
  9. Tuesday July 8

    Trinity College, Oxford

    Treasures of the Bodleian Library lecture before High Table Dinner #2.

    Anna, Claire, Aashka, and I get accustomed to the fanciness that is Monday night High Table Dinner and its preceding lecture and wine in the garden.

     
  10. Tuesday July 9

    London, England

    My international communications course, taught by UGA’s Dr. Rhodes, travels to London for the day to meet journalists at The Guardian, hear them speak, and learn about the office culture of a leading daily, global newspaper.