Second day in Cambridge

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The church of King's college
During the previous night we had a smart idea to get "prospective student passes" to get into the colleges. So that morning we walked again to the center of Cambridge to the admissions office which we had no idea where it was. We met a nice man on the way who said he was a professor of philosophy and pointed us in the right direction, but after walking for a while we realized it was actually the wrong direction (moral of the story, professors are often forgetful, so don't take their advice on directions). After asking several police officers and secretaries of buildings we found our way to the admissions building and got our pass, along with a huge pamphlet on applications (this will never be filled out by me after reading the requirements and average grades of the students, appartently must be in the top 5% of your class).
The marvelous gardens offered to students
After this we were able to get into all the colleges for free.
We went around to many, most notably King's college, which is where my father went for his PHD. Teh church was very English style it was very difficult to find the exit. Surprisingly enough I was not as impressed by King's college as by the one right beside it (I believe it is Claire college, or something like that). Before we entered this we met duck-boy he was poking ducks with a stick and then followed us around until we left Claire College. Then we tried to follow him but to no avail!
There were some nice botanical gardens behind the college where a number of the avian species were present as well as the usual punters.
We visited a number of these colleges and made our way from one into the other without even having to show our pass sometimes. Some were very pretty, and others looked like North Korea.
A fountain in the colleges

Anyway, at supper-time we were supposed to meet my father by the punts. But he's a professor so clearly, he was late. We took a stroll down a walkway along the river into a park, we were poking a punt. So the owner of the punts came up to us and told us to stop, so as we walked away and were halfway down the walkway we saw the punt we were poking floating down the river (oops). I guess we accidentally untied it. When we got back my father wanted to go punting, but we were frightened that the man might recognize us and connect us to his missing punt, so we went to eat at a pricey Turkish restaurant Anatolia. It was absolutely exquisite.
Next day we had to drive down to Stanstead, so we went back early but took time before returning to the Gardener's Hut to walk around the astrophysics conference buildings and view the cows.
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The church of Kings college
The church of King's college
The marvelous gardens offered to s…
The marvelous gardens offered to …
A fountain in the colleges
A fountain in the colleges
One of the many colleges
One of the many colleges
My dad, explaining something
My dad, explaining something
Oh wind...
Oh wind...
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