Day trip to Cambridge
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!