I love the word “nerd”. If you ignore the pejorative connotations, it’s the cutest word. And, for me, it’s the doorway into a world of treasures, a secret club to which only the nerdy have keys.

Being a nerd, book worm, dork, brainiac, etc, is a lot like a fine wine: it gets better with age. When you’re in grade school, being the smart kid can make you a social pariah, only useful to the cool kids if you let them cheat off your tests (you’re welcome, Edmund). But as you get older, the stigma fades and even flips around: it’s good to be a nerd.

It certainly makes travelling in England that much richer. In the way that some people get star struck by celebrities, exploring the gardens in Oxford where Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) met Alice Liddell, finding the lamp post from the Chronicles of Narnia, and seeing a production of Julius Casear in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London gave me a nerd-high.

 

Christ Church college gardens, where Lewis Carroll met Alice
Christ Church college gardens, where Lewis Carroll met Alice

 

Down the rabbit hole
Down the rabbit hole

 

 

Let's go to Narnia!
Let’s go to Narnia!

 

Library in Worcester College
Library in Worcester College

 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

 

 

Inside the theatre; standing with the rest of the plebs on the ground floor
Inside the theatre; standing with the rest of the plebs on the ground floor

 

The Stage
The Stage

 

Grab a pint with Shakespeare
Grab a pint with Shakespeare

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