Saturday afternoon was a beautiful, sunny, break, as Majka, Anna, Dima, Melissa and I headed down to the Oxford boat houses to watch the Summer Eights, the annual college boat races held by the Oxford University Rowing Club. Rather than being a timed race, the goal is for the boats to bump the boat in front of them (disqualifying the "bumped" team), or to complete the race un-bumped. It's definitely a don't-miss event if you're in Oxford during the summer - complete with crowds of cheering students drinking Pimm's Lemonade. One boat had matching Viking hats. There were even signs up all over the park telling spectators to expect a"Wedding Boat" and to cheer on the bride & groom!
|The Wedding Boat!|
|Melissa, Anna, Sapna|
|Before the boats bumped!|
|Sapna & Dima|
Anna, Melissa and I spent Saturday night drinking German beer and watching two German teams in the European Championship football match, from the Brasenose college bar and HCR (a common room for graduate students). Unfortunately, Anna's team didn't win, but we still had an awesome night.
Just a short post to share my latest Oxford experience, really. Here's to a summer filled with breaks like these, interspersed between analyzing data and writing 20 000 words!