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I took a day trip to Oxford while I was studying at Cambridge.  Because that day was unusually cold, I purchased a long-sleeved Oxford t-shirt to warm up.  One day when I was wearing that Oxford t-shirt back at Cambridge, someone screamed at me, “No, Cambridge is better!”  This was my first introduction to the rivalry between Cambridge and Oxford.

Admittedly, Oxford is older than Cambridge.  In fact, disgruntled faculty from Oxford left and formed Cambridge.  However, Cambridge consistently ranks higher in the list of world universities.  This year, Cambridge was ranked #2 (with MIT as #1) while Oxford was ranked #5.

Biased as I am, I also think that Cambridge is prettier than Oxford.  But you can judge for yourself…

Mr. Selfish and I started at Radcliffe Square.  We admired the Radcliffe Camera and climbed the tower in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin to enjoy the fabulous view.

We then walked to the Bodleian Library, which is one of the oldest libraries in the world.  Unfortunately, it was closed that day to visitors.  We also saw the Hertford Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Sighs, which I must add is not over water (unlike the Bridge of Signs in Cambridge).  We visited the Sheldonian Theatre, which was Christopher Wren’s first major architectural commission.  Mr. Selfish and I have a soft spot for Wren since we were married in the Wren Chapel at William & Mary.

Next, Mr. Selfish and I decided to tour a college.  We walked by Christ Church College but it was swarming so we opted for Merton College.  Although Merton is one of the smaller colleges at Oxford, it is one of the oldest and most renowned.  We took a guided tour and was able to tour the magnificent old library.  Unfortunately, no photos were allowed.

Lastly, we went to the Ashmolean Museum, which focuses on art and archaeology. Per the usual, we had limited time, but it was a lovely museum.

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