. Cambridge couldn’t be a better idea for a weekend getaway. It’s about an hour train ride away from London, it’s a place that I’d yet to visit and all that I need were a pair of trainers, return tickets and hotel reservation because, frankly, there isn’t much to do in a town overpopulated by students, by the by, among which are elites from one of the best universities in the world.
Don’t get me wrong, the buildings, the parks and the gardens are ravishing. It is a beautiful and relatively idyllic place compared to London, but put next to Oxford, York and some other places in the UK, it lacks activities and points of attraction which by the way, was all that I wished.
The main aims of the two-day-one-night trip was to have a change of scene, recharge and get back in touch with the green. No prize for guessing that the trip ended with three big fat ticks for all of these. I managed to check out a few courts of colleges, visit the local market, stroll by the River Cam, “observe” punting, finish a pint( or two) and eat to my heart’s content.
Fun fact, the University of Cambridge was actually formed by scholars from the University of Oxford following a disagreement with the locals.
Despite the relocation, the conflict of Town vs. Gown continued throughout the 13th and 14th century, mainly due to the dissatisfaction on part of the townspeople who found students too much of a nuisance. On the other hand, they were often accused of overcharging rents and goods. Until the King’s intervention, there had always been a sting between the two.
^ a man singing and playing the guitar out of a bin. I wonder what would Simon Cowell think.
The best part of this trip was the slow dinner in a local pub, then walked back to the hotel and drifted into a sound restful sleep… only to wake up to that soft beams of sunlight and a hearty brunch right there at a press of the lift.
I’m currently (still) in the Netherlands and will be returning to London tomorrow. Back to work again on Monday and I shall push myself to blog more in the coming weeks.
Have a great weekend!
With love x