The Great Bath Adventure!

So, today I went with a group to Bath. We had a late tour (at 2:30), so we left Oxford around 12:45. All was well on our trip to Bath. Our tour guide was a sweet little old lady who promptly informed us that the tour would last for over 2 hours. (We thought that it was only about 1.5 hours.) I ducked out after about an hour because I had reservations at the Pump Room for High Tea. I had a little time to kill, so I went through the Bath Abbey. It was lovely.

High Tea in the Pump Room...a wonderful (and wonderfully expensive) experience. There was a lovely trio playing music and I really enjoyed myself. After that fun time, I went on a tour of the Roman baths. I have to say that it was a bit smelly down there this afternoon...

Anyway, after that, I made my way back to the train station. I shouldn't have bothered because all of the trains were canceled due to signal issues. So, a couple hundred people gathered outside of the train station with the assurance that a bus would take us to another station. This went on for about two hours...no bus. I had pretty much decided not to fight the situation and just enjoy the time watching a crowd lose its mind over something you can't change. I didn't have to wait long. I had already sent my students off into the city of Bath, telling them that there was nothing to do but give it time. There was no way all of us would fit on one, two, or even three of the buses being sent to us. They went away and I stayed at the station just in case more students came along. Eventually, one bus shows up. This one is to Bristol (opposite direction from what we needed). I just watched the chaos evolve. People swarmed the bus. The bus couldn't move or open its doors. There was all kinds of yelling and shouting and cursing. You would have thought the freaking world had ended. Armageddon can't be this bad.

Anyway, it went on like this for about two hours. To make a long story short, all of us ended up in the line for another bus. I (and about seven students) made it onto the bus. Then, they stopped bus service because they just decided to send the others by train to Bristol and reroute them...hmmm...why didn't that happen earlier??? Oh well. We all made it back to Oxford safely, I am happy to say. I was the only faculty member with the seven girls, so I was really happy that I was on the bus with them.

So...here are my photos...

An image of an old view of the Roman Baths:


Images of the town of Bath:









Bath Abbey:






(the candles...ironically enough, I lit one for a safe journey)





The Pump Room, where I had high tea:




(my tea tray...sorry...I had already eaten the little sandwiches!)...



Roman Baths:


Comments

Anonymous said…
I went there right after high school. what a fabulous place!

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