It is a lovely/beautiful/unique town though,
so I completely understand why so many people flock here:
|(Castle-like structures + rugby. Quintessential England, right?)|
After making my way through the crowds, I attempted to visit the Oxford's Botanic Garden, but turned one lane too early. I ended up along a really nice path, though, and went for a lovely stroll:
|On the "wrong" side of the fence. That's the Botanic Garden over there...|
|...but I didn't mind the detour much.|
|This is called "punting," which is both very popular and very inefficient (when inexperienced tourists try it).|
I finally made it into the gardens, and I'm glad I did.
|This was supposedly JRR Tolkien's favorite tree. Cool! (Nerd alert!)|
PS- It is huge.
|...this is what you [might] think it is.|
|these lily pads are >1m in diameter! in a greenhouse!|
|Who knew that's what banana flowers looked like??|
...and then my camera died.
Induction/orientation stuff recommences tomorrow [as does the rain, so I'm told...sad.], so until I have anything somewhat interesting to contribute...Cheerio!