If I were ever given the opportunity to go back to Cambridge, I would take it in a heartbeat.
Being in the city is great. Especially in a big city like London, the busy streets, and people make the city vibrant and interesting. However, as I have been in London for over a month, the locals have been telling me that I really need to visit cities outside of London. As many may be familiar from various movies and pictures, the countryside of United Kingdom is vastly different from the city and is remarkably beautiful. Cottages, endless fields and small alleys cannot compare to the bustling streets of the city. Upon talking locals, I’ve decided to pay a visit to Cambridge, a university town. I have wanted to visit towns in Cotswolds, but as I am traveling without a car, many people recommended that Cambridge is my next best bet. And honestly, I do not regret the trip to Cambridge because it was an amazing scenery and experience.
From the Victoria Bus Station, Cambridge was about 2 hours away. The drive there was already breathtakingly beautiful. Passing by famous sights such as: Westminster Parliament, financial districts, and the Olympic park. The bus made its way to endless green fields and finally to Cambridge.
At first glance, it appeared as an unexpectedly quiet, peaceful country town. But a stroll down its main street proved me otherwise, shops and boutiques galore. Many residents of Cambridge seemed to have come out to enjoy great weather and also to spend their weekends shopping, browsing. One street over, the scenery becomes completely different. Relatively quiet roads and Gothic architectures of colleges stoically align, one by the other. I was astounded by the elegant architectures that seemed to hold immense history along with its delicate details. The Cam River also had irresistible atmosphere and people enjoyed punting along the river while listening to explanations by tour guides.
I had always thought that universities on the east coast of the States were beautiful. I loved details adorned on old buildings and the history that each of them represent. After seeing university architecture in Cambridge, I came to a deep understanding and realization of true beauty and grace that comes with age. This experience certainly proved to me the valuable time I possess in United Kingdom. If I were ever given the opportunity to go back to Cambridge, I would take it in a heartbeat.
Article written by Sarah Cho.