Oxford, the #electriCITY

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EN: A few weeks ago one of my best friend visited me and we’ve spent a day in Oxford. So, we hopped in my car and drove until a “park and ride”area. If you decide to visit Oxford, I suggest you to let your car at home and have a complete tourist experience in a double-decker bus. It is faster and it takes you straight to the city center. From there we followed the crowd on a very busy street. After a little while we left them behind and walked into the Oxford Castle.

 

If you ever find yourself in there, you may not notice but there is a prisoner behind a window (actually a screed) which really looks like is interacting with you (on the souvenir side of the castle). It seems extremely suggestive to me because we all should know how people were treated in there in the past century, and a show some solitude at the same time for the ex imprison. We didn’t spend too much time at the castle because we were focused from the beginning on seeing the University of Oxford and the park surrounding it.

So we searched it on the map of the streets and left towards it. Even tough I was in Oxford before, I’ve never seen it and I can say, it is way more beautiful than I expected. It has exactly the type of architecture you imagine when you think about the oldest English Speaking University and the second oldest University in the world. Around it you can find broad alleys which take you to the river where you can ride a boat or go to the Botanic Garden.

Now I am thinking about how proud the parents of the 22.000 young adults who study there are. If you will walk on the Oxford’s streets, you will definitely be impressed by the hundreds of bikers cycling around, you’ll see even more bikes waiting for their owners on the streets and thousands of students.

For me, Oxford it’s quite paradoxical, because I’ve never believed that a place so old and full of history can have such a young fresh air. If you aren’t convinced yet, there is another part of my Oxford experience coming soon on my blog. So, stay tuned!

RO:

De curand m-a vizitat una dintre cele mai bune prietene ale mele, Iulia. Intr-una din zile ne-am urcat in masina si am condus spre Oxford. Daca esti turist, e o senzatie foarte placuta sa iti lasi masina la “park and ride” si sa stai in primul rand al autobuzului supraetajat. Ceea ce am facut si noi. Ajunse in centrul orasului, am luat strazile la pas in cea mai aglomerata directie. Ne-am dezlipit intre timp de multime si am mers spre Castelul din Oxford.

Cine a fost acolo, poate nu a observat, dar la unul dintre geamuri se afla un prizonier(un televizor de fapt) care chiar pare ca interactioneaza cu tine (geamurile de langa magazinul de suveniruri). Mi s-a parut extrem de sugestiv pentru ca ar trebui sa stim cu totii ca in acel castel nu se intamplau cele mai placute lucruri in secolele trecute. Eu personal l-am luat ca pe un semn de solidaritate pentru fostii prizonieri.

Nu am stat foarte mult la castel pentru ca ne-am dorit sa vedem universitatea și parcul din jurul ei, asa ca, am pornit dupa semnele de pe panourile de pe strada. Desi mai fusesem inainte in Oxford, nu am ajuns niciodata acolo. Si pot spune ca e superba. Are exact arhitectura pe care ti-o imaginezi cand spui in gand numele celei mai vechi universitati in care se vorbeste engleza și a doua cea mai veche universitate a lumii. Si in jurul ei sunt alei largi, care te duc spre un rau unde te poti plimba cu barca sau poti ajunge la gradina botanica.

Acum imi imaginez doar cat de mandru este un parinte al carui copil studiaza acolo. Ma gandesc la părintii celor 22 mii de studenti si la aerul pe care acestia il dau orasului. Dacs te vei plimba pe strazile Oxfordului, vei ramâne cu siguranta impresionat de sutele de biciclisti in mers, de sutele de biciclete lasate in asteptarea proprietarilor și de sutele de studenti ce se plimba langa tine.

Asa ca, mie Oxfordul mi se pare putin paradoxal, pentru ca nu mi-as fi imaginat ca un loc cu atat de multa istorie și atat de multe elemente arhitecturale vechi poate avea un aer atat de tanar si de proaspat.

Daca nu te-am convins inca sa vizitezi acest oraș, urmatorul articol va contine informatii si poze cu alte obiective. Asa ca, stai pe-aproape.

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