. These pages are like any detailed product catalogue ever known to man, and after choosing your poison, you write it's number down (or simply remember it if you're really good) and pay for it. Then you wait 'til your order number's called on the automated system and go to your collection station (not unlike the D.O.T. office). The teller person behind the counter prints takes your receipt, goes through a little door in the back, and your item rolls out on a little conveyor belt. The teller then takes it off the conveyor belt, unwraps/-packages it for you to inspect, and then bags it and you leave. I have since been informed that this is an East German store chain. Whatever it's origin, I can't wait 'til they come to the States because who doesn't like to see a conveyor belt when they buy something? Not this girl. :) Oh, we also had tea and watched more of British history unfold on Simon Schama's video series. Riveting.
Today it was actually sunny. That's right - Oxford's ceiling clears up sometimes! Yesterday was our first fully-functioning sunny day, and we had the pleasure of learning the library system in a downstairs faculty library amongst other things. The walk to the library was nice - through the University Park pictured here. Today, I ran to my first session of my English Integrative Seminar at Keble College (also pictured here). I wondered back to Wycliffe through the park and snatched these shots. It was lovely. :) I spent the rest of the day shopping down on Cornmarket street, and in a bizarre store called Argos, I bought a Casio sea-pathfinder watch that will tell me the moon phase and current tide level for any date from now til 2039. Never leave home without knowing the moon's shape and lunitidal interval, that's what I say. It has loads of other very useful features like a snooze alarm - all for a mere 20 pounds. When you enter an Argos in the future, know what to expect. You will immediately find an empty catalogue hundreds of laminated pages long