Playing the Tourist

The past couple of weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of trying to balance work, fight off a unfortunately-timed stomach bug, throw together some arrangements for a trip (which has been in the offing for over a year, but I'm nothing if not a last-minute planner), and make time for friends. But I managed to finish planning my trip (just about), and I'm off to France tomorrow, but before I go, I thought I'd share a few photos from the beginning of the month, when one of my dearest friends from university came to visit.
It was her first time in England, so we spent several days down in London making sure we got all the most important sites in (you know the drill - the Tower, St Paul's Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, etc, etc), but we also spent a few days up here in Cambridge, and I must admit that wandering around the city to show her the colleges, I completely fell in love with my home all over again. I don't like to think that I'm too used to walking through these storied surroundings every day, but trying to see them through the eyes of someone who had never been before (which was me, just a few months ago!), I think I realised all the more how special this place is and how lucky I am to have the chance to live and learn here. We also took an afternoon to Ely, which is about fifteen minutes away by train, and saw the gorgeous (humongous) cathedral there. And did you know Ely used to be an island? It's hard to imagine now that it's very much landlocked!

The Ely Cathedral is on top a large hill at the centre of town - this was also the only day we had stereotypically wet and gloomy weather!

After a few hours in the cathedral, the sun had come back out...

And we had a bit of fun on the cathedral green with some ducks!

King's College Chapel

From the top of the dome at St Paul's in London

I love climbing things when there's a promise of a view at the end.

I also made it my personal mission on this trip to bust any stereotypes about British food, and so especially when we were in Cambridge, I tried to show off what I think are some of the best restaurants in town. We went to Stickybeaks and Bill's for breakfast, The Granta for lunch, Jamie's Italian for dinner, and The Eagle for a drink at the end of a long day. In London, I had hoped to make it to the Orangery for tea, but when pressed for time, the tea rooms at Westminster Abbey were quite lovely as well.


I had been in need of a break from all my work, and getting to show off my home to a dear friend was the perfect way to do it, even if it reminded me of the unfortunate fact that vacations are rarely truly relaxing!
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