It was the last day of the SHS Europe Music tour, but it was the beginning of
the 2nd part of our Europe trip to UK. We met with the SHS group and picked up Iris
at the Schiphol airport to fly to Stansted airport, London.
Obviously Iris did not have a good sleep after their farewell dinner last night
and she had been semi-conscious since we met her at the Schiphol.
Founded in 1209 and granted a royal charter by King Henry III in 1231,
Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after
Oxford). Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions which
include 31 constituent colleges and over 100 academic departments organized into
six schools. Cambridge University Press, a department of the university, is the
world's oldest publishing house and the second-largest university press in the
world. The university also operates eight cultural and scientific
museums. Cambridge's libraries hold a total of around 15 million books.
was enrolled in the
Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP) for this summer. The program offers an
exceptional opportunity for undergraduates and graduates at universities around
the world to experience Cambridge student life over eight weeks.
Pembroke College, founded in 1347 by Marie de St Pol,
Countess of Pembroke, was the third oldest of the Cambridge colleges, and
was the first to have its own Chapel. We went to Linus' room in Pembroke
College and we saw a typical boy's room with a still partially
- King's College
When Linus went back to his class after lunch and Iris
went back to our room to take a nap, Woanyu and I went to visit King's
College and Chapel. King's College was founded in 1441 by Henry VI. However,
the King's plans for the college were disrupted by the Wars of the Roses and
resultant scarcity of funds. Little progress was made on the project until
in 1508 Henry VII began to take an interest in the college, most likely as a
political move to legitimize his new position. The building of the college's
chapel, begun in 1446, was finally finished in 1544 during the reign
of Henry VIII. King's College Chapel is regarded as one of the greatest
examples of late Gothic English architecture. It has the world's largest
fan-vault, and the chapel's stained-glass windows and wooden chancel screen
are considered some of the finest from their era.
After Linus finished his class, we went together for a
punting tour (by "Let's
Go Punting"). Punting in Cambridge has been a popular
activity. The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling
you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous Cambridge College ‘Backs’
from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt. I was glad that we
booked a private tour that we could relax in the boat without worry about
the "traffic jam" on the river where there were so many novices trying to
figure out their ways.
- St. Catharine
During summer some of the
Cambridge college rooms are available as accommodation for travelers.
It is a good option to be able to stay in the heart of Cambridge with
affordable price while experience the students' life. I booked 2 rooms
in St. Catharine College: one double room with private bath, one single room
with shared bath (unfortunately I had to stay in the single room by myself
for the night...). The location was perfect that it was only one block
- Sunrise on the next day
I did not really know where to go for the
sunrise. Luckily I went to the right direction and was be able to
catch the sunrise behind the King's College Chapel.
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