This week at Bucksmore, Magdalene, the students have been lucky enough to go on two exciting, but very different, excursions.
On Wednesday we visited the nearby village of Grantchester, famous for its idyllic location (by the river Cam) and the beautiful walk to reach it. Unfortunately, the weather was incredibly hot, so the beautiful walk turned into something of a struggle; luckily, at the end of the walk, we were rewarded for our efforts with tea and scones at the wonderful Orchard Tea Rooms where the students went on to spend their free time relaxing in the shade of the fruit trees. Fully rested, we walked to a famous local talking-point, Byron’s Pool, a lake where Lord Byron, one of the greatest poets ever to come out of Cambridge (and even England), used to go swimming. By its shores, the students enjoyed reading some of his poetry, as well as that of some of Cambridge’s other poets: William Wordsworth (who studied at St. John’s College), and Drew Milne (currently a fellow at Corpus Christi College). Fully cultured, we returned to Magdalene.
After an exciting evening of quick-fire team games called ‘Minute to Win It’ on Friday night, we visited London on Saturday. Arriving near the London Eye, the students enjoyed some free time in the capital, before reconvening near the Eye for a river boat tour. On the boat, we enjoyed views of the Houses of Parliament (with Big Ben unfortunately hidden behind scaffolding), London Bridge, Tower Bridge (often confused with London Bridge), and many of the other wonderful sights visible from the water. Having been on a sharp learning curve about London and its landmarks provided by our zany tour guide, we boarded the coach to be taken to Pizza Express, where we enjoyed a wonderful meal. Following the meal, we enjoyed a leisurely walk through the beautiful Greenwich Park before returning home.