Day Trip to Cambridge!

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Cara G.

Cara G.

This weekend I took a quick day trip to Cambridge! One thing I love about the UK is how easy quick day trips to various places are. It also didn't hurt that the train to get to Cambridge (and many other places nationally) was only a 5 minute walk from my CIEE accommodations, which is a major plus. I chose to go to Cambridge because of all the cool historical architechture, the oldest structure dates back to the 13th century (!!!), and because of all the unique things to do there. 

Cambridge was the truly the perfect day trip! It was sunny and not too cold, which made it the ideal February day. I had a loose itenirary of things I wanted to do while in Cambridge (most of the ideas I found on Pintrest!), and started off my day with a famous Chelsea Bun from Fitzbillies. Their Chelsea Buns have been famous since the 1920s, and I could see why. The Chelsea Buns are sweet sticky goodness. They have raisins in them, which I am not usually a fan of in desserts, but they ended up being really delicious. 10/10 would reccommend! 

Chelsea Bun and Latte from Fitzbillies!
The famous Chelsea bun from Fitzbillies! 

After my incredible Chelsea Bun experience, I headed to the Fitzwilliam Museum. The Fitzwilliam Museum is a free (!!!) museum that houses the University of Cambridge's art and antiques collection. I was really impressed with their collection! They had pieces from all over the world, from ancient and modern times as well. Definitely a great place to spend a little time because the museum itself is gorgeous as well, and to remphazie completely FREE to get into (which may or may not be what drew me there in the first place:)). 

After the museum one of things that was reccommended allll over pintrest was to go 'punting' down the river Cam. So I bought a ticket for the most inexpensive punt tours and headed there. It ended up being one of the coolest things I did all day. You're probably wondering, what is a punt? A punt is kind of the same concept as the gondolas in Venice! It was such a neat and relaxing way to see the various famous sites of The University of Cambridge. 

A view of St. John's College with the Bridge of Sighs in the background! 

After the idyllic punt tour, I decided to head to St. John's College to get a better view of the Bridge of Sighs. I was so glad I did, the grounds of the college were also beautiful. Fun fact, The Bridge of Sighs is a recreation of the one in Venice, Italy and there is also one at Oxford. So beautiful! The tour guide on tmy punt tour said that a lot of proposals take place there, I can definitely see why! 

After touring St. John's College I spent the rest of the day exploring, shopping and taking in Cambridge. Cambridge is much, much smaller than London, however it was bustling on the Saturday afternoon I was there. Without a doubt, I would reccommend a day trip here during your time at the CIEE London Global Institute! 

Also, side note! This week officially marks week 6, which means my time taking classes at the CIEE London Global Institute is coming to a close and I will start my internship at One Young World very soon, so internship content coming soon!!

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