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Sahima

February 27th, 2020

Solo-Trip to Cambridge

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Sahima

February 27th, 2020

Solo-Trip to Cambridge

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Solo-Trip to Cambridge

The entire idea of a solo-trip seemed daunting to me at first, but a day-trip to Cambridge turned out to be the best possible experience. In a whim, I booked my tickets online from Liverpool Station for a total of 15 pounds. Before leaving, I researched for a good one hour and realized that there was a lot to cover. Soon the planner in me made a list of all the essential places to visit and eat.

From the moment, I reached, I was taken aback by its beauty, mind-boggling history, and academic texture. The entire city smelled of youth and peace, just waiting to be discovered. While walking through the narrow alleys and admiring its beautiful architecture, I unfolded different layers of it.

Café Milano

I started my solo-trip with this cute little café located at the heart of the city centre. Offering a range of delicious foods, I decided to order chocolate pastry to kick-start the day. The super helpful and courteous staff even helped me navigate the city.

Punting

This is a must-do activity and one of the best ways to see Cambridge. After some research, I had bought super cheap online tickets from Traditional Punting Company for just £10. Generally, the prices vary between £13-25 (depending upon the season and whether you take a self-hire ride). The one that I took was a chauffeured punting ride, which offered the best views from the River Cam, covering famous university landmarks such as King’s and Trinity College. Most of the chauffeurs are university-trained students who along the journey, share knowledge about the culture, history, and architecture of the city. Moreover, they are extremely friendly and tell the little-known facts which make for great stories. Punting is absolutely worth the money and something I strongly recommend to everyone.

Fitzwilliam Museum and Botanical Gardens

The museum is a perfect place for history and art lovers. As one of the key arts and antiquities museums, it offers the best collections of modern art in western Europe. I particularly enjoyed the Egyptian Collection, which serves as one of the most popular exhibits. (If you have the time, then a trip to the Botanical Garden is a must with an admission fee of just £5.50. They offer a special discount for students, so don’t forget to carry an identification card).

Fitzbillies

A trip to Cambridge without a visit to Fitzbillies is incomplete. Even though it is known for its world-famous Chelsea Bun, the bakery-café offers a lot more including cakes, high-power food, teas and coffee. After much contemplation, I ordered the delicious Eggs Bene’t.

In retrospect, acting on a whim turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever taken. My suggestion to anyone wanting to take a big solo-trip would be first to take a small day trip and then venture to bigger cities. Cambridge definitely serves as an easy and affordable option.

About the author

Sahima

Hey, lovely folks! I’m Sahima from India. At the moment, I am doing my master’s in International Relations from LSE. Most of the time, you will find me reading a book at the nearby cosy library. My favourite pieces of literature include The Great Gatsby, Dubliners and The Kite Runner. If I am not busy studying or debating over International Affairs, then I’ll be binge-watching Friends or The Office.

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