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21Jul/142

Oxford Study Tour UK Day 11-12-13

I know it's day 14 here. I apologize for not updating the last couple of days. I have had a feeling of winding down on this trip since it is the last week. In addition to that, since I'm taking two classes, I have had to buckle down and read and do work instead of running around the town.

On day 11, we went to London. In the morning we went and did door to door witnessing and also handed out tracts on the streets to invite people to a church. We got a lot of doors shut in our faces and a lot of people refusing us, but some of the group were able to have good conversations with people.

Afterwards, we went to visit the British Library which had some amazing pieces such as the magna carta and a lot of original documents. I especially loved that they had orignal pieces of music from a lot of famous composers such as: Bach, Debussy, Handel, and Chopin. I have played piano pieces by them when I was younger and it was cool to be able to see some originals by them and see their notes and scribbles. We weren't allowed to take pictures.

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After the library, we traveled to the British museum, which is HUGE! This place cannot be explored in one day. There is just too much history and culture in this place. It was pretty crazy how much they had. We got to see the rosetta stone and some walls from Ninevah. I spent the majority of my time in the China section (hah). They had a wonderful and full exhibit of pottery. I did ceramics in high school and it was one of my art passions in high school. It was nice to be able to see their techniques and how they did everything so perfect and with such precision....crazy!

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In the evening, we were released to either go back to Oxford or stay in London. A group of us stayed to watch Les Miserables. It was worth the money spent. It was done so well and with such emotion and passion behind.

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We arrived back in Oxford well past midnight. The next morning, we headed back to London for some more evangelism.

Afterwards we went to visit Westminster Abbey and was blessed to be able to see some things that we were normally not able to see. We got to see the shrine of St. Edward the Confessor. Wow, was this church huge! A lot of dead people have been buried or memorialized there. It was a wonderful yet short experience as we had to get going.

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We were given the same choice to stay in London or go back to Oxford. I opted this time to head back to Oxford since I was exhausted. I went to bed early so I could rest. The next morning, I attended church at St. Andrews. I would classify it as a more evangelical anglican church. I attended the more traditional service and had a wonderful time. The gospel was preached and I was encouraged.

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The rest of the day was spent reading and doing homework. In the evening, we had a group worship night with Dr. Keithley  preaching a wonderful sermon on 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18.

Today is very similar in that I have been reading and doing homework. I kind of feel like this trip is winding down and I have to catch up on all the work I haven't been doing. Some might say that I'm not utilizing my time fully in the UK, but I feel like I have done so much that it is ok to have a couple of days of relaxation. This afternoon i'm going to go with a group to have a full afternoon British tea.

The rest of these pictures are just random ones from my iphone or camera that I have not posted yet.

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Thanks for reading. Tomorrow we go to a Roman town called Bath, maybe i'll go take a bath there...

Victor Huang

17Jul/143

Oxford Study Tour UK Day 9-10

So the last couple of days have been more downtime. Yesterday, we drove from Scotland back to Oxford. Along the way, we stopped in Gainsborough to see the Great Hall. It was super interesting as they had kept it as original as possible. We learned a little bit about medieval culture and also about the Victorian era. During the drive, Dr. Finn and Dr. Yarnell had a great discussion/lecture on Baptist heritage: past, present, and future. This piqued more of my interest because it dealt with our modern times and things that are happening now.

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After we arrived in Oxford, Dr. Matt Queen, our evangelism professor, preached sermon on Mark 2.

The next morning, we had a wonderful lecture on evangelism by Dr. Queen. He truly is a man that loves the Lord and loves people. I went to lunch with him and some other folks and had burgers.

Afterwards, I came back and took a giant nap. It’s been pretty exhausting traveling around, so this day of rest was really good for me. I need to recharge so I can be aware and present for the rest of this trip. I woke up and went to Evensong at Christ Church. Which his basically an Anglican church service that is mostly sung? I think? I went with Heejung and Yoojin. I think the general consensus was that weren’t really impressed with the singing by the choir. I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t feel like it was very appropriate to that in a service.

These are some other photographs from the trip that I didn't take.

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I wanted to devote a portion of this to differences I have found interesting while in England.

In the UK:
Fries are called chips, and chips are call crisps.
Bathrooms or Restrooms are called Toilets
The sinks have two faucets, one for hot and one for cold.
They drive on the opposite side of the road, which you probably already knew. But when walking, I always have to remind myself to look opposite.
England is more diverse than I thought. There are many different languages spoken here.
Food is expensive.
At KFC, they only have original recipe, no extra crispy.
Burger King still calls their fries (chips), “fries”.
Haggis is actually really good.
A lot of places don’t serve “coffee”. They serve espresso in water. Coffee is called, filtered coffee.
It’s hard to understand a Scottish accent.

Tomorrow, we go into London and will be doing some street evangelism. Also I will be watching Les Mis! Woohoo

Victor Huang

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15Jul/141

Oxford Study Tour UK Day 8

Today was our last day in Edinburgh, Scotland. In the morning, we went to Edinburgh Castle. The Scottish royal crown and jewels are there. There were a lot of tourists. Here is a timelapse of the people with the city and the clouds. Thought it would be very interesting

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Afterwards, we walked down the royal mile and learned about John Knox. We then were dismissed to explore the area. I went to get lunch at this place called Oink. They roast a whole pig and then tear it apart there. They had a haggis spread. SO I finally had haggis! And it was really good. It had a nutty flavor with meat and spices.

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After lunch, I stopped by a coffee shop that had just opened up 6 weeks ago. They made a mean aeropress.

A couple of us then walked down to the palace of the Queen then walked back. After dinner, we had a lecture on Baptist at the foot of Arthur’s Seat.

I then hiked up for the last time up the mountain. I was going to do another timelapse but I decided to just enjoy my last sunset on the mountain. It was great. This is the footage from yesterday's trek.

Thanks for reading
Victor Huang

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