Goodbye Italy, Hello England

Oh to finally be in a land where I don't have to say., "Um...Dove my house?" lol. If you're me, you're laughing right now. :-) And as soon as Rachael sees this she'll laugh to.

So, I'm at an internet cafe right now that is right across from Magdalen College...the same school that C.S. Lewis taught at!! Aaaagh! I'm so giddy and excited. I've dreamed about coming here my entire life, and I know that's not long and I also know that it sounds cliched, but I'm completely serious. Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to study at either Cambridge or Oxford, and now I am.

This is also the first time that Rachael and I have traveled long distances and we're not wracked with soreness or extreme fatigue. I'm actually very alert and excited. Though my brain is on overload, what with all the Latin, Italian, Greek and Roman mythology, Etruscan history, Napoleonic history, the history of the Medicis, the Borgheses, the Doges, the Saints, and ah yes Jesus. And now I have to switch gears and try to remember all of the history from the other country second in its responsibility for the development of our nation and much of Western Civ as we know it.

Well, this cafe doesn't have a plug to upload photos, but its sister cafe does and I think we'll go there tomorrow after taking an Inklings walking tour and eating at The Eagle and the Child, the pub that Lewis, Tolkein, Williams and others used to frequent to read their manuscripts aloud...manuscripts like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings! Can you hear the absolute giddiness in my typing. If not, listen harder.

Love you all. I'll update soon.

Posted by Portia at July 29, 2004 12:25 PM

LOL...I am sitting here reading your post and chuckling. I can imagine you and Rachel sitting in that cafe pondering the greats who sat there before you...what a delight! The Lewis leg of the adventure is before you:)

Love Mutti

Posted by: Mutti at July 29, 2004 12:40 PM

Hi Mutti!
I LOVE Oxford. It feels so homey to me. I'm really intimidated here though because I'm in such awe of this place. It's wonderful. I wish I were here a bit longer than 10 days. But I am soooo excited about the seminar starting tomorrow. I can't wait!! I'll call you later.

Posted by: Emily at July 30, 2004 03:51 AM

Once the Lewis seminar begins, you will feel more at home. Getting to know Dr. Markos and his wife will be a real treat, and I'm sure there will be other Americans there as well. Your little grey cells must be getting quite a stir if you are sitting in Lewis' seat every day at The Eagle and the Child:) What a great experience!

Love you much,


Posted by: Mutti at July 30, 2004 02:14 PM