Monday – Oxford Day 1 (at 10.34 p.m. 19th October here, but 20th in Perth)

This morning was spent getting ready to go to Oxford for four nights. We had the two smaller cases, plus our backpacks and a camera bag. The journey seemed fairly easy, catching the train to Victoria, then walking around the corner to where we caught our bus. It is called the Oxford Tube and runs every 15 minutes, with several stops in London, one or two on the journey, then several stops in Oxford. It still only takes about 1 hr and 25 minutes end to end.

Relaxing on the bus to Oxford.
Relaxing on the bus to Oxford.

On arrival we had a coffee, went to the Visitor Centre, then to the Oxford Museum, then to a cafe for a light meal. In a way we were just waiting for it to be time to go to our B&B as our host was expecting us at 6.00 p.m. But it was still interesting to look around the centre of Oxford, especially as it got to be early evening.

Golden Cross Cafe, Oxford where we had a light meal.
Golden Cross Cafe, Oxford where we had a light meal.
Bill Bryson's book for sale, half price unfortunately for him.
Bill Bryson’s book for sale, half price unfortunately for him.
Bicycle Town (Oxford)
Bicycle Town (Oxford)

The bus to the B&B also runs frequently and is very busy. We were able to avoid a very full bus and catch the next one right away. It was a bit of a hike up to the B&B dragging our cases, but the walk will seem easy when we don’t have so much stuff. It’s an AirBNB, and not much privacy. We share a bathroom and toilet with our hosts and have to have any meals in our room, though breakfast things are provided. Its a small house. On the other hand, it is fairly close to the centre of town and was one of the very cheapest options. Our host was kind. The house is a bit less tidy than one would want, but I had some idea of this from reading the reviews. Basically we wanted somewhere easy to get to and not too expensive. We will see how it works out.

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