October Highlights

It is amazing that my first full month in Cambridge has already passed. Here are some of the things I did to make it a good one!

Mom visit

My Mom had a conference in Copenhagen, so I was blessed by a quick visit from her. We spent two days in Cambridge and then a full day in London. In Cambridge, I showed her my beautiful walk into campus (that I don’t do as often as I should because recently I’ve been biking), took her punting, did some shopping and eating, and drank amazing coffee at Hot Numbers. Most importantly, we were able to spend some great time together just talking each night.

In London, we spent our day in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park. At night, we saw Wicked. It was a great trip!

The British Museum

After my Mom left for the airport the next day, I spent some time in the British Museum before going back to Cambridge. The amount, and importance, of the objects was overwhelming. Among other things, I saw the Rosetta Stone, many sculptures from the Parthenon, and a statue from Easter Island. I enjoyed the Lewis chessmen and am looking forward to going back (I’m curating my “Perfect Day in London” and right now this is a highlight of the itinerary).

Matriculation Dinner

On Wednesday, October 21st, Churchill College had our Advanced Students Matriculation Dinner, where all of the new graduate students dressed very nicely and were treated to a free, lavish formal hall. It was a four course meal plus wine. It turns out that my birthday was the next day, so afterwards my Churchill Scholar friends organized for people to sing me happy birthday with crème brûlée. It was all very nice.

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Another Trip to London

I went to London again and visited St. Paul’s Cathedral with another member of my lab. The Cathedral is very nice on the inside, but the highlight is the view if you climb to the top.

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Rowing

I went rowing on the river for the first time. It was pouring rain, but it was fun once we got going and I’m looking forward to getting better.

Churchill Scholars Dinner

Next, all of the current Churchill Scholars plus some former Churchill Scholars met for a dinner at a nice Indian restaurant in town. I don’t have much to say about this except it was great to spend time with everyone and it was also good food!

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Halloween

Finally, this past weekend was also Halloween weekend here in England. On Friday I had a great time celebrating another one of the Churchill Scholars’ birthdays, and yesterday I (and others) supported two Churchill Scholars in their musical performances. First, we went to the Cambridge University Musical Society Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mathler’s 5th Symphony, and then we went to Clare College’s Battle of the Big (Jazz) Bands. Both were fantastic and a perfect way to spend the weekend and end the month.