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England Travels: Cambridge (Part 1)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

My goal, upon arrival in Cambridge, was to stay awake until the end of the day, so I would be appropriately tired, get a decent night's rest, and then wake up (mostly) in synch with the new timezone. While it's true that I arrived at the Cambridge station, I actually needed to change trains to go one more hop to the Cambridge North station. But that went OK, and both in King's Cross and Cambridge stations, I was able to get a wireless Internet connection and send a quick email on my progress. I didn't want to try to get a SIM card and see if my old phone would work and then scramble to figure out what to do when it didn't. Also, unrelated to anything, I don't understand why the King's Cross station is spelled using an apostrophe but Barons Court is not. (OK, I just looked it up and basically there's no consensus or rules. Sometimes names are singular possessive, sometimes plural possessive, and sometimes just they are just a plural noun. And sometimes they have changed over time, or are printed differently by different organizations. I don't think this world (word?) problem is one I have time to fix at the moment.)

It was cool-ish in Cambridge (50sF/10sC), overcast, and it had rained a lot in the last week and some areas were still flooded. My friend Stephanie met me at the train station. After dropping off my bags, we explored a bit of downtown Cambridge for the afternoon, making sure I stayed awake long enough. Amusingly enough, Stephanie seemed more fatigued than I was. But we both stayed awake until the end of the day.

2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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Walking along the south side of the River Cam.

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A tree on the north bank of the river that was still flooded.

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One of the places where the many Cambridge rowing teams keep their boats. ...(more)

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A 3-D town map with Stephanie.

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Yeeeeessss....excellent. Everything all falls into place!

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Frank ponders how to execute his Master Plan (pronounced "mahster...(more)


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A composite shot of the Cambridge Cathedral. It's big. I didn't go in.


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Twisty, turny, narrow roads with lots of shops and such give the older parts of...(more)

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There are no blue police boxes around England (other than perhaps part of a...(more)

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And the bright red mail boxes ("post boxes") are also widely...(more)

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A more dramatic shot of the phone booth/box.

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Punting boats to rent (or "let" or "hire" depending on...(more)

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Someone punting on the River Cam.

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More boats for hire. Many people would approach tourists (I was carrying a...(more)

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This was a bank. Around the corner from it was a weird kinetic sculpture of...(more)

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Stephanie.

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Freaky looking tree branch trying slowly trying to eat a gate.

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I'm not sure why I took this. It think the light might have seemed better or I...(more)

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The sun was setting on the Midsummer Common park as we were heading back.

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Someone had added googley eyes to a sign. I don't think my friend KTM has...(more)



2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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