Today proved to be quite scholarly. Starting with King’s Cross Station en route to Hogwarts Cambridge.
Until today, I had no idea that Cambridge University is actually made up of many different colleges. The university is in charge of the main courses as well as tests and granting degrees As for the colleges, they have more to do with academic and social guidance, more like a tutoring thing. After you get accepted by the university, you have to get accepted by a college as well.
Cambridge is quite the quaint little town, filled with schools and churches. We had quite a bit fun touring the various colleges. Many have entrance fees, some of which are pretty high, so the only one we entered, which required a fee, was Trinity College at £1 per person.
After a while, we headed over to River Cam. Just taking a leisurely stroll along the river. We saw many people taking punting tours, but didn’t feel up for it.
Visiting the Cambridge University Press bookshop was also quite interesting. I got really excited when I saw a bunch of law textbooks. Classes haven’t started yet, so I don’t know much about the law yet, but I will someday.
As we were heading to the book shop, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Claire’s along the way. Accessorize, which I think is a british brand, is way more common here. Anyhoo, I wanted to go to Claire’s to get my ear pierced, for the THIRD time. That’s right, one ear. By some bad stroke of luck, the piercing on my left ear has been problematic. The first time it was crooked, the second time I took the earring out to early which was admittedly my fault. Fingers crossed this is the last time.
Soon after, we had some supper and then headed back. Being the huge Harry Potter fan that I am, I’ve read every book upward of five times, I just had to take a picture at platform 9 3/4. My dad, with his good sense, suggested that we wait till our return trip in the evening to take the photo so there’d be less people in line. This turned out to be completely spot on!
I think that I’m starting to get the hang of the london underground. Can’t be positive I wouldn’t get lost if left to my own devices though, thank goodness dad is the one doing the navigating.
*Just a little footnote: Platform 9 3/4 isn’t on platform 9, it’s 3/4 from platform 9 and there is no need for a train ticket to get there. We were searching for it on platform 9 when a railway service guy asked us if we were searching for that Harry Potter thing, which we were, so he kindly led us to the spot.