Cambridge

A little bit about me I guess.  I’m currently based in Cambridge (UK) as I have taken a job here.  Previously I was in Melbourne and before that London.  I’ve lived in Canada (where I met Candice) and my parents moved out the Australia from the UK when I was 16 (so about 15 years ago).  I’ve moved around a fair bit.  One thing that struck me about Cambridge when I first moved here was its age and its stability.  Whilst we are all sick of hearing the phrase “Strong and Stable”, Cambridge really is.  I had the chance to look around St John’s College which was founded in 1511.  Whilst Cambridge and the world has changed and modernised what struck me was the stability of the traditions that go on within those stone walls. Exams are taken at the same time every year, supervisions are pretty much the same as they have been for years and students come and go, but the structure remains the same.

St John's College
Founded in 1511, it is one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge

We are currently in the Exam term which means most of the colleges are closed to the public, but for those that are not you can look around but….shhhhhhhhh

St Johns Exams
shhhh Exams

St John’s has such a beautiful stone structure that I spent ages here just wandering and getting to know the grounds.

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But whatever you do, remember that the porters here are key!  They control access and get on their bad side and they’ll be hell to pay.  However, when you’re nice to them and respect them, they’re the kindest most helpful people you’ll meet!

St John's College Porter
Porter of St John’s College

Modelled on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, the Cambridge version is found within the Grounds of St John’s.  It really is a beautiful college!

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Entry without a university card is a little steep at £10…so bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds in good weather…but whatever you do….KEEP OFF THE GRASS!

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