A couple of weeks ago I had a nice little string of 5 days off, and it just so happened that the first day was my mum’s birthday! With a bit of sneaky planning with my siblings I managed to get on the first flight out to London, and Jarett (my sister Lizzie’s boyfriend), managed to come and pick me up from the airport, all while Mum had no idea I was coming home. My brother Matt and his girlfriend Miriam had just been to visit and my other brother Harry had also just arrived, so we almost had the whole family at home!
I was lucky as the weather was the start of the hottest week of the year so far, absolutely beautiful blue skies and sunshine every day.
As I walked through the door mum still had no idea I was coming….and she was just a bit surprised, to say the least! 😀 First things first of course, I whipped up a birthday cake which we sat down and enjoyed with a cup of tea. When in Rome…!
We spent most of the days out in the garden, enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather, picking all sorts of fruits and vegetables, and eating birthday cake!
One day, Lizzie and I decided to get the train into Cambridge, which is our nearest big city, and only around 20 minutes away. From the train station we strolled into the centre, taking in the sights and admiring all of the lovely buildings.
We browsed the shops for a while, before continuing on past King’s College. Cambridge University, made up of 31 colleges (including the picturesque King’s College) is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is currently ranked as the world’s fourth best university.
On flights, when people ask where I’m from and I say Cambridge as the nearest city, 99% of the time I get asked if I went to Cambridge University…if only! 😉 I have to say I don’t think I’d be cabin crew if I did…haha!
Before long we were starting to get a bit peckish, and had been recommended a café called Fitzbillies for lunch. It wasn’t a long walk, so we made our way over and found a table despite the lunchtime rush.
We had a delicious light lunch (which cost half of what it would in Dubai…!) and picked up one of their infamous Chelsea Buns to take away for later. There’s also a huge selection of delicious looking homemade cakes but we resisted temptation and just stuck to the one bun to share. They’re super sweet so unless you’re feeling naughty half is plenty!
After lunch Lizzie and I strolled back through the city, passing by some more of the pretty colleges, along with 1000’s of bikes – absolutely everyone cycles in Cambridge!
We continued on towards some of the other shops, passing through Christ’s Pieces, a pretty park full of shady trees and lovely flowers.
We sat for a while to enjoy the shade from the unusually hot weather and eat our super-sticky Chelsea Bun! Before long it was time to head back to the train station and make our way home.
Despite having visited Cambridge many times, I’ll never tire of the city, and I’d highly recommend it if you fancy a day trip from London – it’s only an hour on the train!