Roaming at Reading
While London was certainly fascinating, it was indeed nice to travel
outside of the city limits to the town of Reading. However, while
Reading is considerably smaller than London, there are still several
places to go. There is a pub on almost every corner, and shops litter
the sidewalks. Coffee bars and internet cafés can always
be found, and yes, there is a mall for those who can’t live
without one. Many of the streets here are strictly pedestrian which
allows one to amble
leisurely from one shop to another without
the fear that some crazy motorist (and there are many) will run
The [University of Reading] campus itself is absolutely beautiful.
One might think that it’s a national park with its variety
of trees and wildlife. There are some areas that appear to be more
like a forest than a college campus. Whiteknights Lake cuts through
the middle of campus and is the home to several Canadian geese and
mallards. Of course, the leaves are starting to turn now with the
onset of autumn adding to the already apparent beauty of the university.
The architecture of the dorms ranges a bit here. Wantage Hall looks
like it’s directly out of Harry Potter, while Windsor Hall
seems to be a product of the crazy 70’s. However, each dorm room in every hall has its own sink. I found this particularly wonderful since I can move my bed (all rooms are single) next to the sink and wash my face and brush my teeth all while I’m under the
covers. This might seem silly, but when you wake up on a frosty
English morning the warmth of blankets doesn’t seem so bad.