Day trip to Cambridge

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Autumn takes over Cambridge

And so the final day of my trip before I go home! But the funny part is that I've grown used to leaving the UK now, as leaving is the first step of coming back. We woke up at 630am after a terrible night - terrible sleep, basement room (so very noisy upstairs) plus awful toilets.  Our train was from Euston at 915am. So we ran through b'fast, ran through Praed Street to get to Paddington Station and from there, caught a train to Euston Station. I hate early morning firedrills, especially when it rains and it includes my parents. But then again, when you are on fixed train timings, you can't avoid them much. One lesson I've learnt through the years is to avoid buying flexible tickets on UK trains - they're bloody expensive. The train ride to Cambridge was good.

I've been on this route before but it was nice going on it again. Although after train rides to and from the Lake District, Cambridge is rather dull!

As soon as we reached the station, we were all starving. There's an M&S in the railway station, so we got ourselves stuff to eat. I ate their chilli and Coriander crisps, very tasty. It was slightly drizzling, we boarded the Cambridge sightseeing bus from right outside the railway station. We first thought we'll go on a full round of the bus ,see where it takes us and on round 2 onwards, get down to the spots that interest us. The ride took 1 hour, and on the 2nd loop, we thought we'll stick with the punt.

I'd done the punt 2 years ago and told my parents that it's the best way to see this town. My dad had a problem getting down on the punt but loved it all the same as the punt began and the boat took us through the various Colleges in this town.

Autumn at its peak
My parents remarked - and I agreed - that Cambridge is so much colourful and architecturally more interesting than Oxford. I know it's not fair to compare apples to oranges, but it's just something we ended up noticing. The other thing we noticed was that it was peak autumn. The colleges are beautiful buildings - they have the grandeur of a palace or a museum so they look beautiful to begin with, and then there's autumn foliage that can only add to the beauty. The punt takes a good hour, but my parents were really enjoying it.

After the punt, we walked to town. I asked my parents if they would like to get back on the bus but they said they're ok walking around. So we walked past the colleges to the town. There was a market going on in the city centre that's like Mecca to my mum.

So she ran there, and I went for a walk around the town. I've been here before and so I'm not going to wax eloquant on how stunning the place is. I think after a while, they all become the same for the traveller! Infact, I was hungry and for some reason, quite tired. We ate at an Italian resnt - I had proper Italian style pizza and a hazelnut gelato. Loved both. Food in the UK is so good.

The real problem for me at this piont was that I was getting bored - getting bored of walking around, getting bored of my messenger bag, getting bored of taking pictures.... I really wanted a day off from/during my holiday, if you get my drift. I could see my parents were also getting a bit bored. The "problem" (well problem for tourists, but in the interest of the students) is that most Colleges are closed for the public during most days/hours.

St.John's College front view
And other than admiring the buildings and going to a few, I don't see what else has that much charm here that other towns in England don't offer.

We got back on a crowded train back to London. There was a bit of drama before we left - we had about 30 mins left to catch our train back to London, I had taken them on a walk around town and forgotten where the bus stop was! But we finally did find it and made it in time for the train. Around the time the bus reached the station, I took the last 2 pictures. Visually stunning - the way the acute rays of sunshine pierce through the grey moody skies and give the grass a really shiny feel. Priceless, in places you least expect.

Anyway, after reaching London, we did a  walk of all the favourite spots of London.

We started at the Thames - saw the London Eye and Houses of Parliament, a sight that never tires. From there, we walked up to Trafalgar Square, sat around and caught the Tube to Victoria. But our favourite Sri Lankan rsnt "The Sakera" was closed. So we caught the Tube and went to Earl's Court. Had excellent Gujarati dinner @ Masala Zone, my parents had never seen Earl's Court so I proudly showed them my home in London! They loved it too. Just that they were so tired, especially dad at this point, we walked back to the Tube stop and caught the train to paddington. I picked up 2 Onken's also.

Reached the hotel by 1115pm and finished packing, slept by midnight. I was so tired that day, and in a way I couldn't quite wait to get back to Dallas. I've been coming so often to London I realised that I no longer miss it when I'm gone, because I know I'll be back!

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Autumn takes over Cambridge
Autumn takes over Cambridge
Autumn at its peak
Autumn at its peak
St.Johns College front view
St.John's College front view
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
St.Johns College
St.John's College
Claires College
Claire's College
Bicyles - houses and flowers - lov…
Bicyles - houses and flowers - lo…
Four students who were upto someth…
Four students who were upto somet…
Outside Kings College
Outside King's College
Where the degrees are given
Where the degrees are given
Market Sunday in Cambridge
Market Sunday in Cambridge
I took these 2 shots around sunset…
I took these 2 shots around sunse…
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