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Jan 31, 2009

Cambridge & Snow Days

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31 January 2009, Carly and Dan head off on the train to Cambridge.  Not long after you leave the city, the landscape changes into open fields and small towns on the outskirts of the city. The train ride is only 1 hour and 15 minutes which was pretty short - we will definitely be going back there again.

Arrive in Cambridge around 10.30 in the morning and the first thing we noticed when we stepped off the train was how bloody COLD it was there.  The wind just cut right through our clothes. BUt we made our way to Silver Street to await the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus.  On board, Dan feeling adventurous decides that we should sit on the upper deck....the only half covered upper deck!!  Carly makes it up the stairs first and decides that the row of seats just under the cover would be fine.  We were on the bus for about 80 minutes and you drive past all the major sights of Cambridge and get to learn about the history of the town which was interesting. Went past the house where Charles Darwin lived, up Queens Street past Queens College, Kings College and Kings Chapel.

After the cold but well worth it bus tour we decided to go punting on the River Cam.  Dan losing his sense of adventure (and given his traumatic childhood experience on the catamaran with his father) decided that a chauffered punt would be the best option. So down to see Scudamore Punts and off on the river with our trusty guide, Chris.  THankfully they supply you with blankets because it was ABSOLUTELY BLOODY FREEZING.  Dan and Carly both ended up with ice freeze headaches it was so cold.  But a fantastic tour nonetheless.  The tour takes you down the backs and you go past the Colleges like St Johns College, Kings College, Queens College, Trinity College and Wren Library (where the first ever copy of Winnie the Pooh).  Prince Charles stayed at one of the colleges (we've forgotten which one) and our guide was telling us that when he enrolled the staff were told to treat him like any other student.  Which apparently they did by giving him sole access to the complete top floor of the college!

After the punting, we headed into one of the local pubs for lunch and thawed out. Then decided to head on foot down the street where you can see a few of the colleges, particularly Kings College & Chapel.  We went for a walk around inside the grounds of Kings College - it is unbelievable. It was now that the weather really decided to turn it on and the wind was icy cold...Dan and Carly decided to call it a day and head back on the train to London.

Sunday 1 February 2009, lazy day around Fulham, went out for brekkie and then met up with our friend from uni, Kate, for our first traditional English pub roast.  The food was fantastic and it was whilst sitting in the Boathouse Pub at Putney that we noticed that it was snowing! Really snowing...not like the pathetic display we saw on our first days of school.  So when there was a break in the weather we decided we should head home and bunk in for the night.

Just before we went to get into bed last night, we heard people screaming out in the streets, initially Dan and Carly thought they were just drunken hooligans, but decided to take a look at what all the fuss was about. Well the fuss was that it was REALLY snowing...right in the middle of London!!  So we piled on our clothes and headed out into the street.  We took some photos of the cars outside our flat and the amount of snow was unbelievable...We headed off down the street talking photos as we went and then we discovered we were being followed by two policemen....thinking we were in trouble for taking photos of the cars (or something like that) we waited for them to approach, they simply greeted us with a "hello" and walked on past. First, brush with the law avoided...phew!

We continued up the street and came across these policemen again who were for some reason making snowballs and throwing them at a particular flat's windows - one of them had obviously been practising because it went straight into the window which had been left ajar.

Back to our flat to get some rest.

We woke up this morning and started getting ready for work, looked out the window and some how overnight Fulham Road turned into a complete winter wonderland - there was snow on everything.  Cars were completely covered, bikes covered, people trying to drive up the street - chaos!  We jumped online to see how the transport system was and basically all buses, trains and tubes had been cancelled...this meant both of us couldn't get to work today...normally we would be very excited about this but unfortunately we don't think we get paid for today which is a bit of disappointment.  But not to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves all day we again piled on the clothes and headed out into the streets.  Down Fulham Road and into Bishops Park - now we really were in a Winter Wonderland - Dan and Carly had never really seen snow before - well now we were COVERED in it...absolutely loved it.  We took HEAPS of photos, but we will try not to bore you to death so have only added a few....well quite a few....but come on - it's snowing in London...biggest dump in 20 years they reckon!

We'll try to blow some back to Australia for all you lot who are absolutely sweltering in the heat!

Take care, talk soon,
Love you all lots,
Carly & Dan


On the train on the way to
Arriving in
Apparently students from Cambridge are not allowed to have cars within 5 miles of the UNiversity or Colleges so they are left to get around on bikes....and they are
On the train on the way to CambridgeArriving in CambridgeApparently students from Cambridge are not allowed to have cars within 5 miles of the UNiversity or Colleges so they are left to get around on bikes....and they are EVERYWHERE.
Where Dan thinks he belongs
Where Dan thinks he belongs :)
Punting on the river - well us watching at this
Punting on the river - well us watching at this point.
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A lock
There are only 4 of these round churches left in England now. Here is one of
There are only 4 of these round churches left in England now. Here is one of them.
This was the park where the first English FA rules were developed. They decided on the size of the goals by using the distance between the trees that surround the
This was the park where the first English FA rules were developed. They decided on the size of the goals by using the distance between the trees that surround the park.

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