It’s been another jam packed weekend for me again… keep reading to find out what I got up to in Cambridge!

I’m sure most of you would have heard of Cambridge, most probably because one of the best uni’s in the world is there… and my best friend is a student!!

It was great getting to see the city with her as students have accesses that aren’t open to the general public

DAY 1

I set off from Bristol bright and early on Saturday morning! I’m glad I left with plenty of time because none of the ticket machine were working! Apparently this was a problem everywhere!!

Ticket Machine Failure at Bristol Temple Meads
Ticket Machine Failure at Bristol Temple Meads

Luckily I still made it to my train on time, despite having to wait for a hand written ticket! There were no other delays really, apart from a part closer on the circle line which caused a lot of confusion and increased passenger numbers!

I arrived at Cambridge at about 1 o’clock and jumped in a taxi to meet my friend who lives right in the centre!

We spent some time catching up and then headed out for lunch at a Mexican restaurant called Nanna Mexico! Following that I had my very own walking tour, courtesy of my friend who lives there!

She showed me all the different colleges including Kings college where Alan Turing studied and Gonville and Caius where Steven Hawkin did his PhD and then became a professor! We also got to walk across the beautiful grounds.

Kings College, Cambridge
Kings College, Cambridge

We headed back to her house for a much needed rest before going to dinner. This was an experience that I was really looking forward to! I’m a real foodie, so it was great to experience the traditional Cambridge dining hall!

It wasn’t a ‘Formal night’, so the food wasn’t anything special but it was amazing to sit in a ‘Harry Potter Hall’ (my specialist terminology). No joke, I was waiting for Dumbledore to hop out at any minute. But enough with the Harry Potter references now! ☺️

After dinner we headed we headed to the fireworks! This was a great opportunity for me to meet all of my friends uni friends (who were all lovely). I really enjoyed chatting to them and hearing about their uni experience. I gave up uni to work and become qualified as an accountant, so it’s interesting to hear what uni is like!

Fireworks Display, Cambridge
Fireworks Display, Cambridge

The fireworks were incredible. I wasn’t sure what to expect as Cambridge is actually quite small compared to Bristol, but the fireworks display was huge!

The pub was next, I was VERY excited to drink my first mulled wine of the season!! We all chatted some more and it’s was great to relax outdoors (under heaters of course, we are in the UK after all).

Mulled Wine, Getting in the Christmas Spirit
Mulled Wine, Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Due to having such a packed day and being full of a cold, we decided to have an early night so headed home.

DAY 2

The early night meant we were ready to start bright and early!

As you can see in the photo below, we literally had the place to ourselves! It was great to see the city this way, it’s a popular tourist spot so it’s usually packed everywhere!

City to ourselves, Cambridge
City to ourselves, Cambridge

We started our day with a little walk (above) and then headed to brunch. We ate at the Salt Pig which was in the city centre.

They had loads of breakfast/brunch options but I chose a Hot Chocolate and Pancakes (a very healthy choice).

Brunch at Salt Pig, Cambridge
Brunch at Salt Pig, Cambridge

I was overwhelmed with how good the food was! But mostly with the hot chocolate.. I was expecting the usual powder and milk jobby, but no! This was a literally cup of melted chocolate (and a little milk). It was soooooo tasty! I’m not sure if this place is a chain, but definitely check it out if you get the chance!

Next up was punting. If you haven’t heard of it, punting is basically the Cambridge equivalent of a Gondola ride!

Punting, Cambridge
Punting, Cambridge

It was only £12.50 and definitely worth the money. The experience lasted for about 45 minutes, and in that time we we’re taken up and down the river and given lots of interesting facts about the history of Cambridge.

It’s questionable how accurate these facts really were, as our guide had a very sarcastic sense of humour! Either way I really enjoyed the experience and it’s a must do if it visit Cambridge!

Sit back and enjoy the ride, Punting in Cambridge
Sit back and enjoy the ride, Punting in Cambridge

From there we decided to do a little bit of shopping. Window shopping mainly, but my friend also bought a birthday present for her Mum! I never really go shopping, so it was really nice to wonder around! It’s got me very excited for Christmas (a little early I know) but I love seeing a the festive stuff and I can’t wait to spend some time with the people I love in the holiday season!

Unfortunately the departure time of my train was fast approaching, so we grabbed a takeaway lunch and went home so I could pick up my bag and then head to the station.

We decided to walk, it only took about 40 minutes and made a perfect final opportunity to see more of Cambridge.

And that’s where the trip ended really. It was an emotional goodbye with my best friend, followed by a long journey home to Bristol!

Thank you so much for reading!

On my page I share my passion for fitness and travelling. But please remember that you don’t have to be made of money to have amazing experiences!

Sometimes holidays in your own country can be just as fun, I think it’s all about surrounding yourself with the best people!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.

Thanks

Abbie-Fitter4Travel

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