Photo Diary: A Day in Cambridge

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I’m being really bad in staying after the blog, but it’s quite difficult to write a travel blog if you’re stuck in the same town all the time!

I won’t let this stop me though, so here’s a photo diary of a recent trip I took in Cambridge over Easter…

I went with Alessandro on Good Friday (as we finally had a day off together) and enjoyed a good break from chaotic London. I could fell the difference as soon as I stepped out of the train after the just-over-a-hour journey, but I must admit I was glad to be back when we arrived in good ol’ Liverpool Street.

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DSC_1785Cambridge is a cute little university town, but it’s just one of those places where I couldn’t help but wishing I visited it… a century ago! Just as any other English small towns I’ve been to, it has been taken over by the usual chains, my worst enemies of all, that have taken away the magic and character of it’s buildings and stories. Shame.

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It still beholds some beautiful spots, one of which being its exploited river. We took a 45-minutes punting tour, which was £10 each – don’t pay anymore than that, there’s lots of companies that will try to sell it to you and you can bargain well (Asia taught me well). If you prefer to rent your own punt, it will cost £14 for the whole, but you will have to manage the pole yourself!

Punting is not as easy as it looks. As in rowing, you soon learn how to get along and handle the craft, but it takes long practice before you can do this with dignity and without getting the water all up your sleeve.

— Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (1889)

The river was pretty crowded, and it was interesting to hear the stories of Cambridge students needing absolute silence and focus on their studies, while there were some Colombian ones screaming around trying to not fall into the river improve their punting skills…

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We ended the day at a cute little café hidden in a small alley, don’t stop at the ones on the main street and you’ll find some amazing corners where locals hang out.

DSC_1778 DSC_1780By the way, we bought our train tickets the night before on thetrainline.com, and paid as little as £12 each return…

 

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