On some advise from a friend at work, we decided to get out of the city for a bit and head up to Cambridge. Not really familar with Cambridge, I just know its a famous university, but beyond there wasn't sure what to expect. We took the Cambridge Express from Kings Cross and arrived an hour later in Cambridge.
There was an open bus tour available so we decided to jump on that and see the highlights of the city, it would be easy to know what to explore and where things were. The city has all the typical college town vibe to it. Students are not allowed to have cars within 5 miles of campus so everyone rides bikes. There really isn't a campus like we are used to in the states.
Punting on the River Cam
There are over 30 colleges in Cambridge, each is independent of the university and the university is independent of the different colleges. Confusing? I know. Some of the colleges date back hundreds of years. The campus, for lack of better word, is very pretty, very old feeling and yet what you expect from a place like Cambridge. We saw many different colleges, from Jesus College, Queen's College, Emmanuel College, Christ College, Kings College, etc. They had some nice open greens and you can rent boats or punts and go punting on the River Cam. Erika and I got off at Jesus Green and spent some time just chilling on the grass, a beautiful day, warm and sunny. We went to Jesus College and walked around their grounds. The outside looks like a palace and the inner courtyard reminds me of some royal garden or nice college campus back in the states.
On the bus
Walked a bit more around town, down King's Street which is known for its pub. At one time there were 14 pubs on the street and they had what is known as the King Street pub race, where you had to drink a pint of beer at each pub without releaving yourself in any way. The first to finish wins. The record... 14 pints in 19 minutes. Cambridge has produced 80 some nobel peace prize winners though.
The bus tour was really informative.
Back in London now, packing and getting ready to get up really early to go to the airport. This is our last night in the UK. Tomorrow night we will be in Africa and Monday I have to go to work!