i never got to say thank you to everyone for answering my questions about bikes and food shopping at oxford. it was incredibly helpful. much, much appreciated!
i'm making my preparations to leave, as i'm sure you all are, and will be headed to belgium on tuesday for a stint before making my way to ox on the 29th. i was lucky to have a smooth visa experience (5 days in total from submitting the application to picking up my passport at the vfs centre -- very efficient in johannesburg). for those of you in the development studies mphil, good luck with the reading list! funny enough, it is cheaper to order the books through amazon UK and fly to england than it is to order them here in south africa, so they are waiting for me at a friend's apartment in london, which i will swing by on the way to catch the eurostar to brussels. c'est la vie.
good luck to everyone, and all the very best. see you at oxford!