Anyway, on October 1, my school organized a big day-trip to Cambridge. They provided buses to get us there, and then we got to go on guided tours. The history of the town was amazing! They have buildings that were used in the medieval ages, and are still working today, and the history is still growing with various scientific discoveries and some of the "artwork" that is there (well, it's a clock, but it could be considered a type of performance art piece).
I took lots of pictures on this trip, granted, not very good ones, but they are probably the best way to go through highlights of my experience in Cambridge!
Punting! In Cambridge they have these canals, and you can pay to go on boat tours. It's kind of like the gondolas in Italy, except it's called punting. It's supposed to be a great way to see the city. I didn't do this because I wanted to walk around the city, but I'd love to go back and try it someday!
|This is obviously the job all the college kids get stuck with.|
The book lover in me was delighted when I found out that the (supposed) oldest bookshop in Europe was in Cambridge! It's the Cambridge University Press Bookshop. Books used to be printed here, but now I think it is just a bookshop, (though I could be wrong). I did go inside and buy some mementos for family back home, of course, but knowing the history of it made it really special :)
|It's the white building in the middle.|
|Lab where DNA was discovered. Supposedly some rooms are still radioactive from experiments done a few years back.|
One of the great things about Cambrdige (and England, in general) is the architecture! Especially for the Uni. there. I only saw Queens' and King's college, didn't see much of the rest of the Uni, but the buildings for King's College are just absolutely gorgeous! Our guide said that the church was finished first, since the king who donated the building was very devout, which I find interesting since in my mind, a school's first priority is to be a school, but I guess life always depends where the money comes from.
|I apologize for my SLR's lens bending the buildings...anyway, the church is on the left, and the entrance is on the right.||Just gorgeous!|
Now to the Corpus Clock (which I am officially in love with!). It was built in 2008. The grasshopper on the top references the grasshopper mechanism found in watches. The grasshopper walks along the top of the clock, his mouth opening and closing to represent eating away at time. The clock shows time with blue LED lights that light up the various holes on the watch. The grasshopper speeds up and slows down, and the clock is only accurate every 5 minutes to show us the time is relative. Also, it's said it was designed with a coffin behind the clock, and that chains are dropped into the coffin, to remind us that after our time here, we all end up in the same place.
|Tower that I climbed up.|
|Inside of church.|
|Narrow staircases I had to climb up...|
|...but the view is totally worth it!|
|King's college to the left.|
|Lame, but totally reminded me of the song "Out There" from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame!|
|The haunted room is in the upper right hand corner, where the window is open.|
|RAF - Royal Air Force|
|The ceiling with the names of American troops from WWII!|
|Me, looking very tired but happy in front of the Eagle! (Sorry for the exposure on this, it hasn't been edited.)|