May 31 2009
(still under construction) I think this is it… no more additional info. Need to go on with other postings
I’ve been just too lazy to continue blogging despite being home. The body is still aching all over, and sometimes I feel so weak. Should I impose a home-quarantine on myself, in case it’s H1N!? I read that one of the symptoms of H1N1 is feeling lethargic! Luckily I do not have the others, except maybe feeling a bit feverish yesterday.
Anyway, let’s forget H1N1, and continue with my blog.This blog is the continuation of the previous one on that day’s trip.
It was last Monday (25th May 2009). We had arrived from Malaga very late the night before, and we were scheduled to take the Air Asia X flight home very early the following morning. So, we had the whole of that day (Monday) to spare.
Just the night before, the plan of visiting the academic town of Cambridge and Oxford was not finalised. DH (the driver) was feeling exhausted of driving in Andalucia, so we might just spend the day loitering in London (which I was not keen of). Fortunately (or unfortunately – keep on reading), DH decided to rent a car.
So, at 11am, we were on the M11 highway, heading towards Cambridge. I managed to call Siti to arrange to meet her there.
(By the way, just the night before, I received a comment from my favourite cousin’s DIL, who is studying for her PhD in London! Before that, I only knew she’s somewhere in UK with her family, but didn’t know it’s London!).
Anyway, let’s continue with my Cambridge outing.We followed the road signs, and ended up parking the car at the car park behind (and connected to) the Grand Plaza.
Out of the car, we first (like what we normally do) headed towards the “ i ” (i.e. information centre) to look for a map.
We then tried to find the Emanuelle College, where John Harvard (the person who founded the famous Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts). According to DH, there is a simple plague on the college ground that says someting like “John Harvard studied here“.
No, this is not Emanuelle College, but one of the streets in Cambridge:
The Cambridge University is celebrating their 800th anniversary, hence we saw a lot of this banner:
(Oxford University is older than Cambridge!)
We did a lot of walking, walking, and more walking, that one stage, my legs (which had not fully recovered from the extensive walks that we had in Spain) were aching badly. DH wanted to show me the River Cam with its bridges (hence Cambridge!) but he took us the long way .
We came across the “Mathematical Bridge”. Being a mathematician (once) myself, I should be excited but I was in too much pain that I couldn’t be bothered anymore .
One of the bridges:
I took a break to watch people punting. The punt operators are mostly Cambridge University students or others, who are well versed with the history of Cambridge ant its colleges. I didn’t go for the punting ride simply because I didn’t like to be in the boat with no life jackets. I know at most part of the river it was only about neck-deep, but there are other parts that look (by looking at the poles that went into the water) quite deep. Not to mention that the water was cold!
Eventually, and to my relief, we finished our final “round trip” walk and we ended up at the market place:
I was too tired to even stand up, so I gave 10 quids (pounds) to Ayi – I asked him to buy some cherries and strawberries. The cherries were a real disappointment, after having tasted fresh and sweet ones in Cordoba.
The strawberries on the other hand were sweeter and nicer than those we’ve tasted before. DH took a shot of this one:
Some other pix:
Back (across the river) view:
Soon we adjourned to a park near the bus terminal (the walk there was one of the dreaded ones not because of the distance but because my feet were just worn out!) to wait for my friend Siti. We finally met up at a nearby arcade. We had coffee at the Starbucks there (thank you, Bakh) before leaving Siti and hubby (Bakh) to enjoy their stay in Cambridge.(I found out later from Facebook that Siti and Bakh had a great time in Cambridge. They even went for a punting boat ride!).
We left Cambridge, to see its rival, Oxford.
By the time we arrived in Oxford, it was about 7pm, and most shops were already close. Luckily sunset was only at ~9.20pm, so it was still bright, though my mood was not good anymore.
Anyway, here are some of the pix taken in Oxford:
Soon after we parked the car:
The list of twin/sister cities of Oxford’s:
There are more pix at DH’s album (yet to be created!).
Looking at both Cambridge and Oxford on the same day, I think Oxford is more spacious (with wide side streets) but unfortunately it was less tidy – with litter here and there.