I feel like I’m completely used to the walk – it only took me 20 minutes the other day(!) – and have finally got a hang of my bearings. As someone whose internal compass is wrong almost all of the time, that second part is a pretty nice feeling.
As I mentioned before, we’ve now changed our route, which means we’re less panicked and actually, the walk is much more enjoyable too so everything is just much less stressful than I foresaw it being when I first started coming here.
I’m not sure how strange it is that as well as driving in and then walking to Oxford City Centre, Moon and I are also having lunch together – there’s part of me that knows it is a lot of time to spend together, particularly as we live together as well – but it’s quite nice to have a lunch-buddy and we haven’t run out of things to talk about yet. It will probably all change when winter comes and it’s too cold to sit out but it’s nice to not do those kind of things alone, despite knowing it’s probably something we’ll probably get judged for.
As I quite like my own space and time alone, I’ve been making a bit of an effort to do things apart where we can, which seems like a strange idea but absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that.
As a city, I quite like Oxford, I mean it showed its true colours a couple of weeks ago when I witnessed a busker get both bitten on the face and essentially mugged, but overall it’s changed a few of my ideas about where we’ll be thinking of buying a house in the next year or so.
It’s a great place to have a camera, with every other corner having a picture-perfect scene all laid out for you, and a lot of that’s just the architecture!
I was feeling a little overwhelmed towards the middle of my second week, I think because September seemed to rush by and so much has happened in the last few months. It might be a little while before I start to feel completely settled but, as I’ve said before, it’s quite nice to see things piece together and just be able to take things in, even if that part of things is taking a bit of time.