Much to my relief, I managed to navigate London's public transportation system without any difficulty on my first day in England and I made it to Oxford and the College of Continuing Education (where I was staying) without getting lost. Considering I was still a bit jet-lagged at the time, I'm actually quite proud of that. Sunday was mostly a chance to get settled in and oriented before the seminar began in earnest on Monday. I met my fellow attendees, had a very nice lunch, and then we set out on a walking tour of the city.
I know I've already said this, but Oxford really is a beautiful city. It is very much a college town (and considering how long the university's been here, it might be one of the original college towns), and it reminded me a lot of other favorite college towns in the states, like Flagstaff and Boulder. It also seemed like a somewhat familiar city. There's a reason for this - I watched PBS's "Mystery!" a lot growing up, and Oxford was the setting for the "Inspector Morse" series. It is a little disconcerting, though, to be walking around someplace new (without knowing my way around) and keep running into places I recognize. I'll get some pictures posted here once I've had a chance to go through them and weed out the bad ones.
More tomorrow about the seminar and my holiday.