This weekend marked a duo of superb city tours for our participants. On Saturday, all partook in a journey to the dreaded “other place” – Oxford. Students were eager to compare Queen’s College Oxford to Queens’ Cambridge, where they have been residing for the past week. They admired Queen’s Oxford characteristic architecture and praised its colourful fellows’ garden. However, of course this could not trump the glory of Queens’ Cambridge!
During their free time, participants had the opportunity to explore the city’s historic market, hit the shops for some retail therapy, and grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants and classic market stalls. Students also took part in a walking tour of Oxford, immersing themselves in the University’s rich history, as they explored sites such as the Bodleian library. After this, students headed to Somerville for a smashing three-course formal dinner, in the College’s extravagant dining hall. Participants were impressed by this traditional end to a jam-packed day and the food did not disappoint. It is safe to say that the excursion was a success.
On Sunday, participants had the opportunity to head to London for the day. Turn-out for the trip to the capital was high, with mentors James, Flo, Yosi, Shefali, Emilia and Dan accompanying students. During the morning, our participants made the most of London’s fabulous Natural History and Science Museums, as well as the V&A. Students raved about the V&A’s “Theatre and Performance” section, which features costumes from the likes of Abba, Coldplay and The Lion King. Meanwhile, in the Natural History Museum, mentor James was struck by the array of rocks on show and provided a valuable insight into the workings of structures such as meteors and unrefined granite.
In the afternoon, all climbed aboard a classic double-decker London bus for a tour of the city. Tour-guide Gareth certainly knew his stuff, pointing out various streets and monuments. Participants were lucky enough to see sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin and The Tower of London first-hand, from the comfort of the open top deck. Just fabulous!
To round off the day, participants headed to Zizzi Tower Hill for a much-needed recharge and a slice of pizza… or multiple. Dining beside some of the most famous sites in the world, mentees were able to reflect on their time spent in the capital. A scenic end to a splendid weekend, Immerse participants journeyed home with their hearts and stomachs filled.