A week after my short trip to Edinburgh, I decided to finally visit Cambridge. Even though it’s only a 45 minute train ride from London, I’d never in all these years managed to visit. Since meeting a couple members of Engineers Without Borders Cambridge, I’d been meaning to go visit them there, so on Saturday the 12th I caught a train.
Cambridge is a really beautiful city. It certainly helped that the weather was really nice, but walking around Cambridge was extremely relaxing. I’ve seen a lot of old buildings in my travels, but the ones in Cambridge are somehow a bit different, in a good way.
Cambridge University, like Oxford, is organised into a series of colleges. They’re not colleges in the academic sense that Americans are used to, but sort of like student societies, and you have to be a member of one of them in order to be a student at the university. Most students live in college housing. Many of the colleges are also open for tourist visits during part of the day.
The college where my friends Fran and Andy live is called Emmanuel College, and it’s reeeally neat. Andy let me crash at his place, which was really nice. This is one of the buildings on the college grounds:
Another random Cambridge building:
On Sunday I took a long walk up and down the Cam, the river that runs through Cambridge and gives it its name.
Random keys on a wall:
There were loads of rowing teams out on the river practising:
And the typical canal boats (which usually seem to have been shipped from the Netherlands) that you see all over England:
With perfect weather, my short weekend in Cambridge was exceptional, and I started thinking it would be nice to do another degree if it were at Cambridge…