english polaroids


even though i brought a polaroid camera with me during my travels, i hardly took any photos. to me, polaroids are like gold, so it sort of distresses me if i take a lot of them. hence, i only really have two of oxford and two of london. when i decide that i take a polaroid of something, it takes me a good 5 minutes to compose the picture in my head and when and only when i think the picture will come out perfectly, i snap the photo. one thing i really need to accept is that the beauty of polaroids is the fact that you can't change them. without editing and multiple takes, you really only have once chance. they come out the way they do, and with all the "imperfections" they have, they're actually quite perfect.

clockwise from top left: oxford punts, the oxford university corpus christi college library, david with the thames and the london eye, and big ben.

strawberries and pimm's

a few weeks ago i posted about going punting, where my friends and i drank pimm's-- a traditional british summer drink. it's a sort of liqueur (?) that's fairly sweet, but then you mix it with "lemonade" (their lemonade being... basically sprite or 7 up). anyway, it's not very alcoholic when you dilute it properly and it's a really nice drink in the hot weather. you can also throw in fruit to add flavor, and once you finish your drink, the fruit is saturated in the pimm's yumminess.

a few days before i left oxford, the program sponsored a strawberries and pimm's garden party, which was simple but fun. there was a mountain of strawberries that i couldn't get enough of, and the pimm's with fruit was perfect for the weather.


i often like to say that autumn is my favorite season. being here in oxford during trinity term, or just spring, makes me want to pick a new favorite. a few weeks ago i was just walking in university park and i came upon these beauties. i love that flowers are plentiful here, especially tulips, because they're my favorite. i almost never see tulips like this back home in california and finding them here is always such a pleasant surprise.

tulips are my favorite for a reason (: