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|From: "Bron Gondwana" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 19:29:21 +1000 (EST)
Woke up late, and sat around reading and eating delicious porridge that Simes cooked for us. We made it into town about 1pm, put the camera in for processing, walked around to see a few sites. We tried to get into King's College, but it had closed at 12:20. Doh! Went to a fudge shop where we watched the fudge being mixed and rolled into a giant loaf (baguette shaped) and cut into slices. Of course we helped 'quality control' the end product. Yum! Had to try a couple of times to make sure it was good enough... bought 4 slices of various types. Climbed up St Mary's church - yep, even Kate. Great view of all the colleges and other nice buildings. Got photos. The colleges all have to be within 3 miles of this church - something about students supposed to come and pray. It means that the surrounding area is quite crowded in all directions - the only greenery is in the quadrangles of the colleges - which only College Fellows are allowed to walk on. Students only get to look, and the public isn't even allowed in (well, not to all of them anyway)! Went to a really good vegetarian cafe for lunch. Simes is allergic to wheat products, so it's great for him - everything labelled with allergens possibly present. Saw a round church, very.. well.. round. There are only a few of them still in existance, it really is a circle shape (though it's had another building tacked on to one side). It's built in that shape so the devil can't hide in any corners! Back to the carpark, and we'd just paid when I realised we hadn't picked the photos up yet. They dropped me off at the closest place to walk and did blockies while I ran through the unfamiliar streets (and got lost) finding the pharmacy. Crowds were crazy, and it's not even the start of the Uni year yet. In a couple of weeks the place will be impassable, especially since they're doing major roadworks over one of the busiest streets. The reason we were in Cambridge was a big party on Saturday night for E-J and Simes' 2nd wedding anniversary. Lots of people were there, many of them 'spods' from internet chat systems (haven't used them for years, and I didn't know any of them online, but it was still a blast from the past just chatting to people who used those systems) and people from newsgroups whose names I did recognise. Kate helped prepare the food while I worked on getting the pictures online. Amongst all the delicious food that night, there was the top 3rd of the wedding cake. They'd frozen it for 2 years, and thawed it out. It had beautiful hand painted chocolate flowers and marzipan fruits stuck on a dense chocolate cake. Apparently it's traditional to chop up the cake, put the marzipan and chocolate over the top, and grill it, then serve it with hot custard. So, that's what we did! So rich. Got to bed far too late (again).
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