Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Trying to keep the blog up with life – here’s a selection of a few recent photos from my phone that I considered worth sharing.
The town is full of history; every building has a story. This is the original charter for our college, on an extremely rare public exhibition – marking the 750th Anniversary of our college’s foundation (1263 is the year that students began studying at Balliol College).
The top left corner, enlarged:
And the top left corner of an English translation:
Soon, it was time to share Balliol with 2/3rds of our MBA classmates at formal hall! Wasif and I welcome everyone, and the Dean (also a Balliol member) says a few words before the multi-course dinner is served.
Matriculation is upon us! Once per lifetime, a person can be admitted to the University of Oxford; never again, as they will remain a member for life. Time to get dressed according to strict rules:
Wasif and I are the only two MBAs that are from Balliol College, but what we lack in number, we make up for in quality, passion, and experience! Our collegemates come from varied backgounds and each have something to teach the others. Here we are, posing just outside the Sheldonian Theater where Matriculation will take place.
Here’s a very quick 10 second video from inside Matriculation:
MS and I are part of different colleges, despite studying at the Said Business School for our MBAs together – here we are at her college, Green Templeton College, sipping some Pimms and about to play croquet.
Monday, September 23, 2013
We’ve begun our one-year stay in the UK with a quick trip around the southern coast (4-days quick, that is). We walked about 8 miles per day, average. Tired feet! We visited Brighton, Hastings, and London before heading up to Oxford. No pics of Oxford, but don’t worry, there will be many posts forthcoming!
Brighton Pavilion – Indian on the outside, Chinese on the inside. Gold leaf, blue and red and yellow wallpaper, dragon chandeliers (the one in the dining room is 30 feet tall!)
The pavilion gardens showed color, and Britain’s clouds shared the sun with us that day!
Following street-art instructions!
In Hastings, we visited the Smuggler’s Adventure (museum) which noted the history of the excise and other taxes. Note the printer for this document – Oxford!
The view over Hastings, from up on a cliff’s bluff:
And inside one of the funicular railway tubes:
London by bicycle tour (daytime) and walking tour (nighttime):
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Here’s the second of two sets of photos!
Unfortunately, time has gotten away from me again, and after a blog update every other day, I’m seeing that I haven’t updated in about a month (I had the others queued up and posted automatically).
After Turkey, MS and I flew to Norway. Unfortunately our close friend was moving out of the country that week, but we met plenty of helpful hosts through AirBNB, and had a wonderful time.
Our basic itinerary was: Take the high alpine train from Oslo towards Bergen, stopping at Myrdal to take a fenicular rail down to the city of Flam, on an inland fjord. We took a quick boat ride on the fjord before returning to Voss (mmmm, fresh water!) to catch the remainder of the trip to Bergen (this itinerary thus far is called “Norway In A Nutshell” and is part of a package deal).
After a few days in the charming city of Bergen, we flew to Bodø (north of the arctic circle!), caught a quick ferry across to the Lofoten Islands, where we hiked to the village of Å, and stayed in a rorboer (fisherman’s hut, on the water). We did an excellent scuba dive in Ballstad, and then hopped up to Stamsund where we were able to board the Kong Harald ship – on the Hurtigruten line. Due to high costs (though using our student discounts!) we cruised up to Tromsø and had a nice few days in this northern university town.
Feel free to ask questions of the photos below, in the comments section, or by email! Here’s the second of two sets of photos:
But we did get to snorkel above the arctic circle! 7 mm wetsuit, 5mm shortie, socks, booties, hood, gloves. About 12 degrees celsius.
We saw an AMAZING jellyfish. Picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s about as tall as MS standing on my shoulders. Scary!
Our Hurtigruten ship – learn more; it’s fascinating: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hurtigruten
(we stayed on for about 22 hours, overnight. The entire 11 day journey in the summer (when we were there) currently costs roughly $3200 per person, in the lowest season in a cabin with shared bathroom and without window; want a bathroom and window? Double the price. Want standard meals? Add $200 per day per person. So yeah, we didn’t spend long on the boat, but it was beautiful, amazing, enchanting.)
Daily ritual of afternoon waffles! (Brown stuff is awesomely delicious, slightly sweet semi-soft cheese: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunost )
And a Wave Pendulum! Woo! Remember my pendulum? http://www.whereisholden.com/search?q=wave+pendulum
Polar bear, stuffed, in our hotel lobby in Tromso: