The adventure has definitely begun! We arrived in Oxford about 1 pm Thursday afternoon. Our flight and bus ride to Oxford were totally uneventful...just how we hoped! Our landlord had arranged for a friend of her's to pick us up from the bus stop since she is on holiday in the south of France...must be nice! All the way to the flat, I was preparing myself - hoping for the best but preparing for the worse! Keep in mind that we had not seen pictures and were only going on written details and blind faith that we were making the right decision.
The main road that leads to our neighborhood can described as "diverse." Our flat is about 1/2 mile off the main road in a group of others that could easily be an apartment complex in the States. We are on the 3rd floor but they refer to as the 2nd floor (just one of the many things we have to get used to). Our flat is much bigger than we expected, so that was a nice surprise. I will say that it was clean but had a distinct musty smell...yuck! If you know me well, you know that I have a bad CVS couponing habit. I have a huge stock of all kinds of plug-ins and other smell good things back home that I was really wishing for!!
Unfortunately our router (which they pronounce "rooter") has not arrived at the flat yet so we still don't have internet access and probably won't for awhile. We really feel disconnected from the outside world!! After a trip to our local grocery store last night we settled in with pasta, red wine and Robert Earl Keen. So all in all, everything was right with the world.
We are at Jared's college right now checking in and finalizing his registration. Pictures to come as soon as we can!