This weekend we took a quick train ride to Cambridge to visit some friends and were graced with the most perfect fall day. There was sun, colored leaves, punting, and cook outs involved and even a high school reunion.
Ben and I’s high school friend, David, who also went to the Naval Academy is studying at Cambridge and it worked perfectly for us all to catch up. A couple of the other guys who went to the Academy met us at Cambridge and it was a weekend reunion. As they talked guy and military things I stood back and swooned over the droopy trees, colored leaves, markets, buildings, and all things swoon-worthy.
I mean look at this grass. Perfection. The most unfortunate aspect is that you are forbidden to play on it. Such a shame. We loved getting to see all the different colleges and hear about the rivalry and history of each one.
The architecture never ceases to amaze me wherever we travel. Every thing is so old with the most unique stories and traditions. It’s rather easy to catch the travel bug here. I’ve got it real bad. It didn’t help (or helped immensely, depending on how you look at it) that Ben and I spent the train ride plotting our November and December travels! I can’t wait!
After a little house warming lunch cookout (American themed, bless the Lord) we headed over to the River Cam to go punting. It really is as dreamy as it looked. Essentially you are on a boat and one person stands in the back with the large pole. The pole drops to the bottom and somehow you guide yourself along the river. In addition you try to avoid all other punts, walls, and bridges proving to be a tricky obstacle course as well. All the guys had there share of poling and getting us from point A to point B (successfully, for the most part) and I was rather content riding along. Not sure my balance and skills are up to par to not take a tumble into the water.
The evening was filled with Thai food, checking out some of the local pubs, and honestly talking with some of the smartest and most interesting people I have ever met. Such an adventure to meet people from all over the world. We headed back to London early this morning. I wish I had more to show from our day to day but all I snapped a picture of was these flowers. I have been working on convincing Ben to go to the flower market after church today and he was finally in. We started to walk that way and quickly realized it was closing. Womp, womp. I feel pretty passionate about the necessity of plants in order to make a house a home. Succulents and cacti to be exact. So we headed to another market in East London and I finally found my flower fix and Ben found a bike shop. Two wins. Once we got too cold to meander any more we headed back to Trafalgar Square to the Diwali Festival. These international festivals are about the best thing that can happen a few steps from our flat. Essentially it’s thousands of people, music, dances, events, and tons of food. Dinner was on point tonight.
Yet again another successful weekend. Such a treat to have a little break from the “big city”, meet up with friends, and celebrate fall in all its glory. Cambridge is easy to fall in love with with its history, charm, and beauty.