After an interview in Oxford I felt the urge to go and explore.
Although I only live a half an hour drive from this city, most famously known for its prestigious University, I felt as though I had never properly taken advantage of the history, the beauty and the elaborate architecture which it has to offer.
Therefore, on Wednesday I decided to take a mini self-guided tour around the city to see what I could discover.
After admiring some… alternate street entertainment and guzzling down a much needed coffee from Starbucks I made my way towards the covered market.
Located a five minute walk north of the high street, the covered market offers a variety of shops ranging from florists, cafes and milkshake bars to butchers, fish mongers and stalls serving fresh food from all over the world.
It’s a great place to pick up some unusual and eccentric gifts (I found a shop called East 2 West which sold Indian style clothing, Buddhas and incense sticks… I fell in love!!) as well as to stroll around and absorb the different sights and smells floating through the market.
Next, I played the old travellers trick of trying to get lost in a city to see what you can find.
On this occasion I uncovered a group of exquisite colleges which are a part of the University of Oxford as well as the breathtaking Bodleian library.
As I caught a glimpse of the pristine cylindrical Radcliffe Camera and the surrounding buildings, my pace quickened.
I was instantly taken aback by the beauty of the architecture in front of me as well as by the fact that I had never seen this area of Oxford before, even though I live so close!!
I ended my journey relaxing with a book in the picturesque botanic gardens, reveling in the scenic view of punters, ducks (I was attacked by one hungry duck!) and picnickers – a perfect end to a perfect day.