Sunday, July 31, 2011

Han's adventure to Edinburgh

    Before I came to England, I always get confused by Scotland, England, Greenland and Ireland or other land. I thought they are not much different since they are in the same country. I know so few things about them and the only impression about Scotland is from the movie Brave Heart. And since I was young back to that time, I only remember the endless meadow and loud Scottish warriors.
    After I came to England I still hardly hear anything about Scotland. Last weekend, I went to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, with other three friends. We took Rail from Oxford to Edinburgh and transfer by Birmingham. It's a six-hour trip but I didn't feel it was a long trip at all since the scenery beside train track is so beautiful and adorable I can never be tired of it.
Went out from the Edinburgh Train station, the first thing I saw was the fragrant and huge Medieval Cathedral. Its dark sharp top points to the sky straightly. When I was still in astonishment of that cathedral when walking, the entire city exhibited its historical and mystery appearance which gave me such a blast. Not only that huge cathedral, but also hundreds of fabulous medieval buildings spread out throughout every street in the city, which made me feel like I was walking in the medieval European street. But the city itself is not out-dated by maintaining those ancient architectures. Its modern shopping malls and smart-looking residents insert energy into this city.

Although I only went to one city in Scotland, I can feel the obvious difference between it and England. If we image England as a calm and authorized gentleman, Scotland can be a hosting and warmhearted famer. I can hear sprightly Scottish music almost everywhere I went. I dragged my luggage to the guest house I booked. It’s a cute flowery hotel owed by a nice Indian man who graduated from a royal college. That may be the reason he like to offer guests really fancy breakfast. After settled down, I looked forward to the tour the next day.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My relaxing weekend in Oxford.

It's a long weekend since we didn't have any plan in Friday.In Thursday afternoon, I went to London for Harry Potter Premiere. Since this is the last movie also the last premiere, there were a lot of fans waiting for days for this event. We went to London by bus and then transfer to tube. My first impression about London is horrible traffic. But it also gave us time to look around the city. Unlike Oxford, London has modern skyscrapers and classic old plaza standing together. It like the bigger size of Oxford, no matter in terms of city appearance or in terms of population.

I was really far from the stage in the premiere because there were so many people and guards tried to keep people stay as far from the main place as possible.We only saw Emma and some actors but missed Daniel and Rupert.

This weekend I didn't want to be so tired so I just stayed in Oxford and looked around the town. I went to Pitts River Museum today and St. Mary's Church. There was a Choral Evensong event in the church. Since I took the choir class last quarter and learned some church songs, I really want to experience the real church music performance. It was a gorgeous performance since those singers are really professional and they did really sing with their hearts. Compare to the music I learned in the class, the songs they sang are more like conversation with Jesus. With the special sounds of pipe organ, my mind became blank and pure in the choir's voice. Afterwards, by Chuck's reminder, I realized that there were some important people buried underneath the church. Check the ground, there were some irregular stones showed that body buried underneath. It's incredible and I feel really weird and unrealistic. But then think more about this fact, I feel scary on the other hand.