Today I arrived in Oxford! I can’t get over how beautiful and charming this city, and especially my lodgings at Brasenose College, are. I came directly from spending several days in Paris, staying at youth hostel that doubled as a club, so Brasenose struck me as especially peaceful, lovely, and magnificent in contrast to there. I am tucked away up a narrow, hidden staircase in an individual room at the end of the hallway. My window overlooks a complex arrangement of other roofs, windows, and buildings, including the side of the chapel with its arched, stained glass windows. The cozy seclusion of my room is a restful relief for my introverted self, and the natural and architectural beauty that surrounds me is delightful. I have never stayed in a place with so much history, so much antique and majestic architecture, so many hidden passageways and mismatched rooms and secluded treasures waiting to be discovered. I have been too exhausted to do much exploring so far, but simply walking from the bus station through Brasenose’s grounds to my room charmed me immensely. Tonight we ate dinner in a majestic dining hall that resembled that in the Harry Potter films. I feel in some ways as though I am living in a book or movie in these surroundings. I can’t wait to explore more and experience the beauty and history of this place. For now, I will leave you with a few of the pictures that I did take today, with many more to come later!