Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dream Vacation - Day 22

Was up early at Erlend's place. My buddy Matt made me a "perfect" cup of English Tea, though I don't do milk so it was almost perfect.

Erlend, Matt and I headed into town (Cambridge). We did a lot of walking, we walked along the canals and into town. Of course Cambridge is known for it's collages and I have to say there are a ton of them right next to each other, each one more magnificent then the other. Most of the campus' you had to pay to visit but there were a few that we were able to go into without paying.

We stopped for lunch at a place called The Eagle. Originally opened in 1667 as the "Eagle and Child", The Eagle is one of the larger pubs in Cambridge, England, on the north side of Bene't Street in the centre of the city.

When the university's Cavendish Laboratory was still at its old site at nearby Free School Lane, the pub was a popular lunch destination for staff working there. Thus, it became the place where Francis Crick interrupted patrons' lunchtime on February 28 1953 to announce that he and James Watson had "discovered the secret of life" after they had come up with their proposal for the structure of DNA. The anecdote is related in Watson's book The Double Helix and commemorated on a blue plaque next to the entrance. Today the pub serves a special ale to commemorate the discovery, dubbed "Eagle's DNA".

On our way back via the backside of all the campus' we had walk along this walkway that went through a field and in this field just roaming around were a bunch of cows. It was very strange walking among the cows. Erlend fought the urge to push them into a stream, yeah he's an odd duck.

The backsides of the collages were beautiful, first of all the canal runs behind them and there are people floating down the canals in gondolas. Most of the collages had large grassy areas filled with trees and flowers. We walked through as many of these as was possible. Lots of people just hanging out on the grounds enjoying the beautiful day.

Back at Erlends place Matt made me my first official Bangers and Mash for dinner. While we ate dinner was watched Avengers. Afterwards we played some Yahtzee on my ipad and a game that I had heard alot  about but never played Munchkin. It was a fun way to end the evening.

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