Here are the highlights from my fun-filled week:
The End of the Hunt
First of all ---I have a 6 month contract for a job! It's pending my switch from a Tier 4 student to Tier 5 visa. of course, so cross your fingers that my upcoming short trip to Canada works out well. I'll hear about PhD places mid-January to mid-February, so fingers crossed on that one, too!
Christmas Eve dinner with Catherine
Catherine invited us for a lovely meal to celebrate her daughter Imogen's 7th birthday on Christmas eve. Unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures - but it was an amazing meal!
Cooking Christmas Dinner with Sean
- Wow, did we cook up a feast! A chicken (for Sean), tandoori tofu (for me), Crispy Spinach Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
- The part where Kiara stole 15 of our uncooked gingerbread cookies (which were just about to go into the oven) was definitely the highlight! Look at that expression of pure guilt!
|Kiara eats 15 uncooked gingerbread cookies|
- Boxing Day was a total disappointment in Oxford, as most stores, colleges and cafes were closed. So, even though Sean has been here for a week, he hasn't seen the inside of a college yet!
- So...we rented a car for the day and drove out to Chipping Campden, a town in the Cotswolds. Thanks to the horrible British customer service and processes (at this point, I'm surprised when there IS good service somewhere), it took us TWO HOURS to book a vehicle. The companies varied on their prices, availability, and the type of address verification checks they have to do for foreigners. (Sean was renting the car and they seemed to have difficulty with the fact that a Canadian student studying in France and visiting England wanted a car)
- Given our customer service disaster, we didn't leave Oxford until after 1 pm, so it was a short (but beautiful) trip. The town of Chipping Campden seems to be dog-friendly, so maybe next time we'll go for the night and bring K along
We Will Rock You!
- Aunty Viniti, Uncle Steve, Sunny, Nia,Sonia, Tina and I went to see We Will Rock You — a musical about Queen, set in a futuristic/virtual world where the corporation "GlobalSoft" controlled all music making, instruments were banned, and a group of "rebels" who had dreams of rock songs from a previous life, strove to return "real music" to the world
- Speaking of instruments, I am planning to start playing the piano again, starting with practicing some of Hanon's exercise scales when I go home for a visit in a couple weeks.
- By the way, none of us would recommend Mela Indian restaurant, where we ate. Due to its stellar reviews online, I feel the need to mention that the food was okay, but the service was atrocious and slow, even though they supposedly had a pre-theatre menu.
- It was hilarious! Great singing and dancing, too! Thanks for the treat, Aunty Viniti and Uncle Steve!
|Photo from: WeWillRockYou.co.uk|
Stay tuned for our New Year's Eve massive celebration! I am usually disappointed by the NYE "hype", but this year, Sean and I have planned a perfect day. London Victoria's crepe shop for lunch, a modern twist on a ballet, a set NYE dinner at Stef's Italian and then back to Oxford (missing all the crowds and London traffic) to go to a cocktail bar for drinks in Jericho, Oxford. Stay tuned!