Welcome to the scholarly enchanting city of Cambridge!
So, after following up my first day at The University town, Cambridge, I finally have written down my accounts of Cambridge city. Right, briefly going over my conference and my lodging, so I lodged at Rectory Farm about 15 minutes walk away from the conference venue at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) (see map).
My lodging, as I mentioned in my previous post was impeccable. Lovely homely ambience, calm surroundings, soothing greenery, fresh country air... Just perfect!
|Oh the morning hue... love the greenery|
|Rectory Farm's black sheep|
The conference indeed went really well and I had a great time catching up with my PhD pals from other universities like University of Strathclyde, and making new ones all the way from Russia and Estonia. All was good, all except the morning of the first day. Umm, do you remember when I said you only need one pair of formal shoes (heels) in my post on what to carry for conferences, yeah, strike that out...
PLEASE CARRY A PAIR OF COMFORTABLE PUMS OR FORMAL SHOES!
While walking down the highway, I tumbled and fell on my ass and nearly sprained my ankle while my shoes went flying to two different directions... Pretty sure I made some folks' day who were driving past me as I laughed and pulled myself together!
Anyway, that's that with the conference bit (won't really get into the nitty-gritty of my conference), continuing to my Cambridge city expidition, so, after the end of my 2nd day at the conference, we were all invited to a guided tour of the city and dinner at one of the most prestigious colleges of Cambridge, Trinity College Hall. I decided to take a detour and walk the whole way from IfM to King's College (see map 2).
While walking, after a long 30 minutes trek via the highway all the way from IfM to the town centre, I came across the bridge that overlooked the River Cam. The view, as you can see from the pictures, was spectacular. I am really glad to have come to this city afterall. By the river banks are parked a few boats that are available for punting, that would give you a rather interesting view of the city in general. I left that for my next (future) trip as I could only do so much in the given time before the guided tour.
Anyway, to be honest, this place felt like a wonderland to me. Sooooo extremely beautiful with such extravagant sculptures on the college building walls. Every institute is like a masterpiece, and indeed they are.
|Sculptures around the University|
Another fun fact, the Great St. Mary's Church consists of two sets of pianos, one for the common folks and another for the college folks!
|The time eater!|
Then there are also famous pubs like the Eagles. Eagle pub is the MOST famous pub of Cambridge, not for being the oldest (cause it's not) but because it is there where the revolutionary announcement of discovery of DNA and genetics was done! What else do you need as an incentive to go enjoy a house beer and some good old fish and chips in there?
|Plaque put up by James Watson|
Finally, one of the most coveted and famous college named after the notoriously infamous king Henry VIII, the only college to boast on higest number (32) of nobel prizes ever recieved by its members in the world, produce highest number of Prime Ministers (not only UK but also India), and also have the honour to be the Alma mater to the father of modern Science, Sir Isaac Newton himself, Trinity College!
|Isaac Newton's apple tree (grafted from actual Newton tree)|
Easily one of the best experiences in UK! Hope you enjoy it on your trip as much as I did... Will definitely return for more...