I went to the Foodie Festival at Oxford South Park this afternoon. It seems to be mostly about alcohol and cheese; not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Yesterday morning I hiked to the local shopping mall to pick up a few things. I got rained on a bit along the way but it wasn’t bad. It gave me a chance to check out just how waterproof my Scottevest jacket is. It is.
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I spent the day wandering around Oxford. Highlights include the University Parks, the Pitt Rivers Natural History Museum, the Bodleian Library (I got my library card, I’ll have to frame it when I get home) and a walk up and down High Street. Continue reading “First Oxford Walkabout”
Just to give you some idea; here’s where I’m staying. It’s pretty efficient and comfortable. Nice grounds. Friendly service. This is the Liddell Building at Christ Church college.
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This short stretch between trips has been busy. I’ve been able to see and touch bases with several friends and family members in just a few days. I missed a couple on Friday. (Sorry Jim and Fernanda, totally spaced my appointments with you on that day. Hopefully we can find a way to catch up.) Last night I did get to spend some time with friends that I haven’t seen in way too long. This afternoon I’ll get to spend some more time with Loni and Sam, who won’t be living here when I get back. Things are changing, but people are growing and that’s what it’s all about.
Today I’m consumed by three things; making sure my house is in order before I leave, making sure I’ve packed appropriately, and trying to make sure I’m in the right mental state for this particular trip. This trip will be far different than Cabo. The intent is to reassemble my brain and maybe establish a foundation for a few improved habits.
On the habits front, the first set are the obvious ones; diet and exercise. We’ll see how that goes. I suspect I’ll get a lot of walking in, which I enjoy. Eating, we’ll see. I may try to pick up some yoga again as well. Primarily for the flexibility benefits.
On the reassemble my brain front; Oxford looks like it will be a terrific setting. Melody did some research for me and came up with a wonderful list. Lots of history and things to do, see and learn about that are very different from my regularly scheduled life. I’ve also been encouraged by a couple of people to try meditation as well. That’ll take some practice, but I’ll give it a shot.
I have a long flight between here and there. Shuttle leaves at 8am tomorrow morning.
For all the raving about mobile devices, tablets, etc. it’s REALLY hard to beat a desktop computer with a big screen, a real mouse, and a good keyboard for content creation.
It’s also really nice to be where I’ve got a good Internet connection. I feel like I’ve been living in a partial vacuum for a week. It’s been a lot of work just to take a breath.
Not much to report about the journey home except that it was unusually pleasant. On the first leg I got to sit next to a very cute and very happy little girl and her very attractive mom. That doesn’t happen often enough.
Spent the layover in a wine bar in SFO with Loni (Sam stayed in San Francisco). I don’t remember the name of it, but I can find it again. It’s worth revisiting. Loni was happy and talkative. I think she’d had a good vacation and is pretty excited about moving to the Bay Area. I guess you can see the general area of where they’ll live from the airport and Sam pointed it out to her before he left.
For the final leg to Portland we were upgraded to first class. I don’t think that’s happened to Loni before, so it was pretty fun. Domestic first class on a short leg isn’t all that exciting, but it beats cattle car any day.
Dan and Melody met us at the airport in Portland. Being met at the airport is one of the more pleasant things in life. Even though I wasn’t traveling alone this time so it wasn’t really the same, arriving at an airport on your own is mildly depressing. I’ve done it dozens of times. Thank you very much, Dan and Melody. Your meeting us capped a good vacation.
Home and settled. Everyone and everything seems to be safe and sound. I only have a few days before I’m off again. It’s going to be busy.
One of the things I did before I left for Cabo was to fill all the bird feeders and get a new hummingbird feeder. They’ve been neglected for quite awhile. Sitting here in my dining room I can see the feeders and they are very busy. It seems my back deck has been rediscovered.
Cabo is beautiful, intense, fun, expensive. I had a great time here, but now feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.
- Walking around town
- Evening cruises
- Good food
- Free Internet at Baja Cantina
- Good beer at Baja Brewing
- Fishing trips
- Being here with those I love
Could have been better
- Hotel restaurant meal service
- Weather on the day we went fishing
I guess I don’t have much to complain about.
Here’s to vacations…