About halfway through September, I put my car up for sale. And then, I started to freak out. Because once I sold it, I wouldn’t be able to drive anywhere anymore. So, keeping my fingers crossed that I wouldn’t find a buyer straight away, I planned a day trip to Cambridge. I visited Oxford last year in October, so it was about time for me to visit the other famous university in England.
Saturday morning, I left the house around seven and started to make my way to Cambridge. I bought a coffee on the way there and sang my heart out to some of my favourite songs. About two hours later, I arrived at the Park and Ride and got on the bus to the city centre.
Cambridge is quite small (and has a very medieval feel with its old buildings and small streets), so even though I got there really early, it was already busy. There are also lots of people using a bike to get around. Not as many as in the Netherlands, but a fair few. And while I almost got run over by cyclists in the Netherlands, they are slightly more careful in Cambridge. Or more used to people not expecting cyclists.
Things to do and see in Cambridge:
- St. John’s college
- Trinity College
- The Wren library
This library is part of the Trinity College and was designed by Christopher Wren in 1676. It houses historical books like Isaac Newton’s notebook and the manuscript of Winnie-the-Pooh. I really wanted to go here, but it was only open to the public from 10.30 till 12.30. This is what happens if I don’t do any research before going to a new city.
- King’s college
- Go punting on the river Cam
You can hire your own punt, but you can also get a guided tour by one of the many students (less of a struggle).
- The Fitzwilliam Museum
Worth a visit just to see the building. Inside (admission is free) you will find medieval manuscripts, Egyptian carvings, Turner’s watercolours, Michelangelo’s sculptures and much more.
- Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
Cambridge is a good city to visit if you want to get in the mood to go back to school. I found myself considering doing a masters just so that I could study in one of those amazing colleges. Other than that, I didn’t like Cambridge as much as I expected. I definitely prefer Oxford’s wider streets and liveliness.