There is something infinitely special about Cambridge. From its rich history to its sense of community, I am utterly in love with the expanse of it. There are vendors in the market everyday, rain or shine. There are bikes hurtling down the street at all hours of the day and night and God help you if think they'll stop for you if you step out in front of them. There are college campuses to sneak into that are older than my country and college students studying things I never even thought were an option. This city has taken a hold of my heart and I know when I leave a part of me will still be here. I am in love.
Here are a few images of my first day in Cambridge. They can't really do it justice but I hope you'll see a glimpse of what I've fallen in love with.
We had the most lovely tour guide in all the land. Janet was sassy and full of knowledge and made sure we knew that Cambridge has been and always will be better than Oxford. You could say that the rivalry between the two is strong.
1. Cambridge students take pranks to the next level. I'm not even kidding. Some engineering students managed to put a car on the roof of one of the colleges in one night. Next morning the university found it and it took them days to figure out how to get it down! Even better is the fact that no one knew who did it until they admitted it to the world twenty years later!
2. DNA was discovered over some beers at a local pub in Cambridge. Actually, a lot of major discoveries were made in similar locations in Cambridge.
3. Steven Hawking used to live in a flat a few blocks down from where I'm living and I walk past it every day.
4. Almost every museum in Cambridge is free. Ironically, I stumbled into one of the few that isn't within the first few days. It was a museum in an old inn full of old inn things. Quite interesting if you're into old inns and random trinkets.
5. If you go out to eat in the UK, nine out of ten times it's every man for himself when it comes to finding a table. Most places do not seat you and if you try to take a big group out after 5:30 you will not find a seat. After you fight for your seats, you have to get back up and order at the bar. It's a bit chaotic. Oh, and you don't tip servers here or you'll be considered rather rude.
In our first few days here, a group of us climbed to the top of St. Mary's to see the city from above. Honestly, it is one of my favorite experiences to date. It was so incredibly beautiful to see the sun going down over King's College Chapel and to see the people wandering through the market and I was overwhelmed by the thought that I am living in this incredible city. It was magical and lovely and I know I will never forget it. I have plans to climb it again on my last day here (but we're not talking about that).
Be on the look out for my next few posts about Oxford and Ely Cathedral!
Just trying my best to hold onto feelings in the heart of Tennessee.