Photo Friday: Oxford, England

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I have a confession. You can’t tell anyone, promise? Ok, here is goes…
I’m a BIG dork, a HUGE dork. Not like a secret comic book lover or a fan of calculus, but a fully-fledged, unashamed, out of control nerd. I was a medieval studies major in college, at an all-women’s college, that I went to BY choice. I read 15th century monastic texts FOR FUN! I took Latin as an elective at university, and I can even read Old English written in runes. I have a quote from Lord of the Rings tattooed on my ribs for heaven’s sake! While other kids have posters of bands and movies around the house, I have posters outlining the family tree of the Spanish royal family. In short, I’m a huge dork. Moving on,

One of my nerdier quirks is that I reread some of my favorite book series every summer, like, cough, cough, LOTR, Narnia, His Dark Materials, and of course, Harry Potter. Did I mention I can read a book a day? Nerd, I know. Anyways, right now I am deep in book 5 with a very moody Harry and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry P and I go way back. I was reading HP back when I had braces and before people used Nokia phones. I would go to the midnight premieres of all the movies and book releases, occasionally in costume (with friends!) When I was researching my senior thesis at the National Library in Madrid and at Oxford in the summer of 2009, I couldn’t resist visiting Christ Church College, where many of the scenes for the HP films were shot. Do you recognize this staircase? It’s one of the first shots you see of Hogwarts in the movies.

Have you ever been to Oxford? Are you a big Harry Potter fan like me?

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  1. Haha, I’m definitely as nerdy as you 😀 I reread LOTR this summer as well, and I actually have all the harry potter books in two languages, both in my native Norwegian and in English, and I’ve read them many times in both languages 😛 I can read a book in a day as well, more if they’re smaller..which I’m sure you can as well. While I didn’t study latin or go to all-girls school, I do read a LOT (mainly fantasy and sci-fi) and I recently started learning German. Why? Because I think it sounds cool and I like languages. Oh, and having Lotr quote as tattoo is pretty awesome in my book..what quote is it?

    1. “Not all those who wander are lost” of course 🙂

      Glad to hear I am not alone! I took German for a year in uni too, and loved it! I can never practice though because when I am in Germany everyone speaks to me in perfect english haha!

    2. Of course 🙂
      Wow,you must have been lucky with the people you’ve spoken to there. My impression is that many Germans are kinda bad at English, as everything is translated or dubbed to German there..or so my German friends say anyway 😛

  2. I just wanted to say that your blog is fantastic. You’re a great photographer, and it looks like it is without the assistance of Instagram – rare to see nowadays!
    Also, this post confirms that you are basically the American version of me…when I return to Spain next year we should be friends x

    1. Toledo, so a bit far from you (it appears you’re in La Rioja?). Someday I’ll visit the north. Are you planning to be in Spain for the long haul?
      Also, my Harry Potter link – I studied at the university JK Rowling attended, and the street that Diagon Alley is based on is there, shops and all. Obviously I love Harry Potter … not that this is why I chose the uni 😉

  3. Can I just say that this post makes me really happy? 😀 hahaha I’m a huge nerd as well and I’m glad to know there are kindred spirits out there. For instance, I have 2 (TWO!) books on the history of the Spanish language. And I re-read LotR this summer, too! I’m planning on reading Harry Potter for the first time this fall in Spain–I can’t wait!

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