Cambridge was the first place I visited on the day after my arrival in London last year. I went again last week mainly to visit J. There was a big plus though because I thus could walk into several colleges for a look.
There are 31 colleges in Cambridge University. They are students' residential halls. A college is like a small community in which you will find a courtyard (lawn), a chapel, a library, a canteen, a bar etc. There are also students' societies in each college. As for studies, students have classes in modern buildings like in any other university.
J said that at the start of a new school year, the colleges are usually open so that tourists can easily go in to look around. When I was there after Easter, it looked like students were still on the holiday break. It was also the Quiet Period when students prepared for the final.
Professors and students might live in the same hall. However, there is a hierarchy based on the traditions of Cambridge. After getting food in the canteen, professors have their own space for dining. They also have their own common room.
This is another college. Apart from tuition fee, students in Cambridge have to pay the housing fee, and also the maintenance fee to the college because there are people who are in charge of taking care of the gardens and lawn.
There is also the tradition of having very formal dinner in robes in Cambridge. But you can also go for the early informal dinner.
Here we were in front of the renowned King's College. What is the gentleman doing? As Britain suffers great recession, some famous college require visitors to pay admission fee.
The magnificent church of King's College.
The territory of the King's College is vast. We were not so resigned as to spare some pounds for a visit. Guess what we took such a detour for?
Right, if you go in from the back door, you can do it for free. The Britons are not very strict. Despite their desperate attempt to earn money, they forget to send someone to guard the back door as well. However, please bear this secret in mind without telling the whole world, or next time when you go, you'll see someone at the back door as well.
We entered St. John's College next to King's College in the same way.
The living environment of Cambridge is peaceful. I could imagine how wonderful it would be to live in these elegant-looking colleges. In comparison, my hall in Cambridge is so bare, though I might pay as much money or even more. Girls, one day you might get an opportunity to come here for studies, which will be a very extraordinary life experience!
J's college is modern.
The common room is very spacious. I was impressed by the ancient wooden piano.
The main Cambridge library. I bet this must be cradle of numerous amazing human beings in the world.
Incredible Math Bridge. By arranging the wood at specific angles, the bridge was firm without nails. However, if you look closely, they are nailed together now.
J took me to a very high-class restaurant in the university for lunch as well. Well, I can only say that our British experiences are different. Despite that, now I am going out to Camberwell Green, which is a very typical multicultural southern London place, to do some grocery shopping. There is bright sunshine today, and I am going to prepare lunch for Jazel. What can I complain about such a life of art students?