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Down South to England, Part II

Where Chennette visits Cambridge and the family Ewe.

Cambridge - King's College courtyardPart of my London trip involved a day trip to Cambridge to visit Ewe and her family. Especially to visit with the new Baby Boo. I took the tube all by myself from Stratford to Liverpool Street, where there were hourly trains to Cambridge at a special rate that day. If I’d been traveling with 2 other people, it would have been even cheaper. The only fly in the ointment was the fact that I was 3rd in line in a queue behind someone who took almost half an hour to sort out her complex and ever changing booking and I missed my first train. It gave me time to go buy Harry Potter though. Since I’d been harrassed from the day of my arrival in the UK by calls and texts from the younger siblings. Wondering what I doing in the UK if I not buying the book. Sigh. These people are adults. One’s about to be a daddy. But younger siblings will always be younger siblings. I bought 2 copies, only to have them squabble over which version (adult or children) each was going to read. Like it’s any different on the inside… Anyway, traveling by train through the UK around that auspicious time brought about many HP-reading sightings. Any and everyone – business men, children, grandmothers, mothers, teenagers, everybody had a copy. I should have taken a collection of HP photos!

My day in Cambridge was also marked by good weather. (Ever wonder where this fascination with weather as a topic of conversation originated? I believe firmly it’s from the UK, where the weather is so variable and often bad even in summer, people can’t stop talking about it and wondering at the sun when it makes its reluctant appearance.) I was greeted at the train station by blueberry-muffin-munching G and MF. MF who kept staring at me, probably wondering why we were leaving the train station. Doesn’t everyone want to wave at trains? I guess he didn’t remember me from the year before when he was only a year old. But he was friendly and I got to see his scootering skills and his artistic colouring renditions. And Baby Boo was delightful. A very happy 4.5 month old. And a very big 4.5 month old. It was great visiting with Ewe and G and their sons, and next time I’ll have to drop in for a few days. Really settle in. After all I’ve been invited. When they get that house, I’ll be there.

Cambridge - On the RiverCambridge - Punting accidentsEwe and I spent a good part of the day trekking around Cambridge, enjoying the sun (her) and the flat streets (me, with the Belgium-sprained ankle). We went into King’s College, walked carefully around the grass in the courtyard, and out along the river watching people punting and trying not to overturn, or ram into other people. We walked with the crowds past St John’s College (passed on paying to go inside). It is a beautiful city, and Ewe dutifully did her part to show me the benefits of Cambridge, particularly as a PhD location. I’d have friends, cute babies to visit, close to London and airports. And a certain Aussie former lecturer of mine from Edinburgh who annoyed Ewe no end…but maybe she didn’t mean him 😉

Cambridge - Caribbean Food at the MarketOne thing was an unexpected reminder of the advantages to living down south in England – Caribbean food! The Sunday market had a Caribbean food stall. It was mainly pastries and snacks, but yay. I had a very good veggie patty. And the stall was big, and run by only 2 guys, complete with microwaves and friendly nonstop chatter. A little later in our walk, we stumbled upon the van from which the food came. T&S Foods. Don’t know anything about it, but it was an interesting find. I should have examined the array more closely to find the ackee patty in the upper left corner, but next time.

I had a lovely visit and Cambridge is really a nice small town, with lots of great buildings. But the best part was just spending time with a good friend and her family. I am so waiting for the time I can say to her boys, I knew your mother before she met your father (although things happened so fast, that’s barely a few months, but still…) Oh the stories. (Just kidding, Ewe, I don’t know any stories, really I don’t!)

Cambridge Flickr set.

This is part of What I did on my Vacation (July 2007).

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12 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Hi, will e-mail soon. But have been keeping up with you via really quick checks of your blog, till I get my internet back up and runing properly. Chat soon.

    1. Hmmm on August 26th, 2007 at 2:56 pm
  2. Very happy to know you’re alive :-)

    2. chennette on August 26th, 2007 at 2:59 pm
  3. Hey, why do you keep insulting your siblings?
    It’s in very bad taste!

    tsk tsk

    3. Lilandra on August 27th, 2007 at 2:42 am
  4. Poor baby.

    4. chennette on August 27th, 2007 at 5:22 am
  5. No stories!!! There are NO STORIES!!!

    😉

    5. ewe_are_here on August 29th, 2007 at 10:21 am
  6. Ok. I will trade you any stories for a button. (See my blog.)

    How nice am I? 😉

    6. ewe_are_here on August 29th, 2007 at 10:55 am
  7. I like the green and the blue combination.

    7. aka_lol on September 9th, 2007 at 3:34 pm
  8. I am not sure to which green-blue combo you refer, but I preen delightedly nonetheless!

    8. chennette on September 9th, 2007 at 7:45 pm
  9. I mean the sky blue and the green lawn in the right proportion at Cambridge :)

    9. aka_lol on September 10th, 2007 at 2:12 pm
  10. :-) I figured this out after. What can I say – moving and no sleep makes me slow…

    10. chennette on September 10th, 2007 at 2:17 pm
  11. chenette, thanks for dropping by. when i was in cambridge, i was regular customer of the carribean stall. your post brought back great memories. thank you.

    11. bee on October 2nd, 2007 at 8:24 pm
  12. Hi Bee! Always good to know where there is Caribbean food.

    12. chennette on October 2nd, 2007 at 8:59 pm

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