Archive for December, 2008

A Whole Month of Christmas

An Oxford term goes by very fast.  Only eight weeks in length, one feels as though they are finishing only just after starting.  Like many schools, this puts the end of the first term (called Michaelmas here) at the beginning of December.  Unlike any school that I had been to before, Oxford actually celebrates Christmas at this time.  This means that by December 5th I had already been to three Christmas dinners, each complete with Christmas crackers, cranberry sauce, and carols!  

To top it all off, the city of Oxford decorates the city with lights at the beginning of advent.  I think it is going to be a strange feeling getting back to Canada and be faced with the fact that Christmas is still half a month away!

Here are a few pictures of festive things:

The city’s tree on Broad Street:

Torches out front of the Ashmolean:

Jesus College carol service by candlelight in the chapel:

The tree at Magdalen College:

Jesus College hall with its tree:

Christmas meal in hall.  Good food and good friends, what Christmas is all about:

This will be my last post for a little while as I am heading back to Canada in a few days for the Christmas Break.  With eight week terms we get six weeks off in between each term!  Please check back for new posts in the new year.

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Many Faces of Jesus College

One of the greatest things about living in Oxford is the buildings.  When knee deep in complicated academics, and in desperate need of clearing the mind, there is nothing better than strolling around some of the University buildings.  One of the greatest things about living in Jesus College is that one doesn’t even need to leave the campus to find an assortment of architectural delights.  Here is a sample of some of the many faces of Jesus College.

This first one stands guard on the side gate:

His companion:

A jolly friar:

Not really sure what this one is doing:

Making faces at the people below:

This guy helps me feel safe at night:

I’d probably look a lot worse if I had been vomiting lead pipe for centuries:

Finally my personal favorite.  In fact there is a bit of a story with this one.  Ever since arriving at Oxford there was a particular carving that I had wanted to find.  It is often found in guidebooks and I think it is really funny.  In the first few weeks of being here I had gone for a number of walks with people around various colleges and searched for this carving, never with any luck.  I once joked that maybe its actually on Jesus college.  Well, it turns out there was something behind that joke.  While waiting to meet up with someone from college, I found the carving on Jesus College!!  He is picking his nose!!!:

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