July 8-July 10, 2013
Wearrived in Cambridge on the afternoon of the 8th, so we didn’t have much time to explore. We ate dinner at the closest pub to Churchill College (where we stayed for three days), and then played cards and watched movies until we were too tired to do anything else. The view from my dorm window was really nice to see every morning (first picture), but the lack of air conditioning wasn’t too exciting. It reminded me of how miserable dorm life at MSU was at the beginning of fall semester. Blek.
On the 9th, we did a little more exploring. We went to three different colleges (Trinity College, Queen’s College, and King’s College) and two different museums (the Whipple Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum). Our first stop was to Trinity College (second picture), which was absolutely beautiful. We were all talking about how much we loved the grounds and how we wished we had something similar at MSU. The only place we were allowed to go was the large courtyard right after you enter the college, but it was still really cool to see how it looked.
Queen’s College was not far from Trinity, so we went there next (pictures 3-5). The bridge in picture 3 was called the Mathematical Bridge, and it was probably the weirdest, yet most unique bridge I’ve ever seen. Below the bridge, you can see people punting. We didn’t have the chance to go, but everyone who went said it was really fun. Of course, we had to take a really awkward picture while we were there, because, well, why not? I think we have at least one picture like this from every place we went, because it was entertaining for us and everyone else around us. Queen’s was the only college where we could actually go into the different buildings. The library was under construction, so we weren’t able to go inside, but the courtyards were beautiful (fifth picture).
Our last college of the day was King’s College (pictures 6 & 7), which was my personal favorite. The chapel when we first walked in was so beautiful, I’ve never seen anything like it. Unfortunately, the choir wasn’t singing while we were there, but it was still magnificent. The stained glass windows and organ were so amazing, I could’ve looked at them all day. I wish so badly that we had places like this in the US. So many people in America have never seen things like this, and I’m so fortunate that I have been able to see the things I’ve seen. Not surprisingly, the courtyard at King’s College was beautiful. The grass was perfectly groomed and the plants were so vibrant and amazing to look at. These colleges were incredible, and a part of me wishes that MSU had a few places on campus that looked just as elegant and beautiful.