I love food. Free food is especially nice. Tonight, our professors took everyone out to dinner at what used to be a lovely old pub in Wolvercote called The Trout. It has recently been fancified and has significantly lost its pub-feel, but it is a genial place nonetheless. We walked through Port Meadow to get to it (we didn’t have to, but we did anyway) and that was a really lovely walk. We walked past some “Binsey Poplars” (or trees reminiscent of them) of Gerard Manley Hopkins fame (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=173655). We also walked past the ruins of Godstow Abbey (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=1485). It was very beautiful.
We ended up sitting at a table in full sun. It was very hot, and our waitress didn’t seem to realize that people sitting in the hot sun like lots of water, often. I guess that shows that she’s not from West Texas. 🙂 I ordered a margherita pizza (cheese, tomatoes, and basil) and had a strawberry apple crumble with vanilla custard (like pudding) for dessert. It was all very delicious! Afterwards, Brittany indulged me by walking back through Port Meadow with me (as opposed to taking the bus). It was just a really gentle evening and a nice way to wind up one of our final days of classes.
For pictures on these adventures, go to: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=49719&l=68c5e&id=500823168