I may have forgotten to mention I visited Cambridge and Ely before Oxford and had the good fortune and pleasure to stay with a friend who lives outside of Cambridge. Yay for friends and their gracious hospitality!!
After Oxford, it was on to Bath where I did a bulk of my souvenir shopping and quite a bit of cheese-eating.
I loved Bath and made some nice friends there, and we did a very fun and silly walking tour called "Bizarre Bath." It was basically a brilliant stand up comedy tour. Amazing and I haven't laughed that hard in a while. I also love the street performers...fire juggling unicyclists, opera singers, drum circles, floating men, etc. So much fun! I even met a charming retired couple dressed up in old fashioned garb for the Jane Austen festival. We sat on a bench and chatted as people took our picture, and they invited me to Windsor and offered to show me around. Uh, yes please! Such dears.
Oh and the roman baths were amazing and I got to taste the water! ...it was weird and strongly reminded me of blood.
Then I journeyed to Edinburgh
via London and a hectic mechanical failure in Carlisle. Needless to say, it was annoying and a trip that should've taken 6 hrs took 9. Boooof. But I had haggis and a few pints last night complete with ghost tour so all is well. Yeahhhhhh girrrl