Thursday, 30th September.
Another day welcoming me in London! The city I find charming in its cosmopolitan air; diversity and richness in everyway. So, the plan for today was heading to Cambridge with my friend. To reach the train station we had to use the underground where this cosmopolitan air was at its peak. One can see men in neat suits and shiny shoes and women with nice eye-make-up and simple yet elegant clothes. In the morning, women mostly wear flat shoes/boots except for a few. But in the evening, they all wander about in high heels. So, we reached the crowded train station and got the online-pre-reserved tickets from a machine (oh, I love reserving tickets online!) London is very crowded, yet it is an organized crowdedness that’s why no bus or train shows up late.
So, we grabbed our coffee and then we jumped into the relatively empty train to start a journey of jaw-dropping for me! The horizon was breathtakingly beautiful and… you know, endless! My sight was not blocked by buildings or cement blocks. And when there were houses, they were those English nice homes not ugly skyscrapers.
I did not have high expectations for Cambridge. I thought: “What else is there besides the mundane university buildings?!” And there it stood the beautiful, small town with its farthest-from-being-mundane buildings, winding streets and beautiful Cam River. We toured a bit among the university campuses before passing by a small cafe from which a luring smell was inviting us in. I had garlic bread topped with melting cheese and the traditional English dessert Scone that is served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. My taste buds were melting with the maddeningly rich taste of the dessert that with every bit I was telling me friend: “begad I cannot believe this! I cannot believe this!” I moved away reluctantly yet feeling happy and filled up.
More wandering and then my friend said we cannot miss on the “punting”. Fa I thought: ” we malo, let’s punt… mesh 3eib! Bass meen el punt dah? :)” My friend explained that it is a kind of boat where we sit and a guide takes us in a tour through the river. And that was quite an experience! The Cam River moved among the university campuses with beautiful bridges connecting them. One of which is a duplication of the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Such beautiful scenery and festival of colours! Absorbing all this beauty within was not difficult at all.