After arriving at TKC’s South Kensington flat, we nabbed a quick meal at a local Italian place, and then headed back to get ready for the Imperial Summer Ball. We headed over to her friends’ flat, and chatted for a while, after which we went to the ball. It was really good, with lots of fairground rides to enjoy, as well as a decent cash bar, and fireworks. The main stage was very well done, and we danced, drank and chatted until the small hours. Unfortunately, a couple of them had a little too much to drink, but after some lovely negotiation with a cab driver (with lots of help from the very helpful St. John’s guys), we made it back to TKC’s friend’s flat, so we missed the after party, but that was definitely for the best. One of the guys and I kept an eye on those who were a bit worse for wear (thereby giving me a second day with only one hour of sleep – well why not?), before I took TKC home, and went back to Surrey.
I’ll be honest with you, Corpus May Ball, as per first year, was the best, by a long way. This was the May Ball at which I never felt tired, and at which I always wanted more time at. Bear in mind that this in in spite of the fact that I didn’t even listen to much of the music at all, the food was excellent, the drinks were excellent, and the generic fun was also excellent. I had a tarot card reading (in fitting with the “Phantasmagoria” theme), which was suitably vague (I reckon that the fact that my summer job is in the Atacama Desert probably helped the vagueness – I reckon she wasn’t expecting that as a summer job!), but apparently, I’m going to be robbed, and have a long term relationship soon, so watch this space…yeah!
After the fun that was Corpus Ball, I packed the final things from my room, dumped a couple of them at my sister’s (at Queens’ College), and walked to Cambridge Rail Station (easier said than done after a night of unlimited food and alcohol – and clearly absolutely no sleep). However, as I write this, the 7:30 ish Cambridge to King’s Cross First Capital Connect service has just left, so it could be worse!
The plan now is to navigate (somehow) across London (from King’s Cross to Victoria/London Bridge), and get the train home. Update: now on the 09:02 Southern service to Bognor Regis and Portsmouth Harbour – definitely worth remembering to get off and change at East Croydon, as an impromptu visit to either terminus would not be ideal at the moment! From my home station, I shall walk to my house, sleep, and then get back from there to South Kensington by 4pm, in order to have dinner with my dearest friend TKC, prior to going to the Imperial College London Summer Ball with her. I don’t really know what time this finishes, and so there’s almost a 100% chance that tomorrow morning at about 3 am, I shall be on a train to as close to home as I am able to get (probably Purley from looking at the timetable), before swapping to a night bus/taxi to get back to my house – as the final train direct to my town leaves at about midnight, but who knows!
Anyway, at the moment, I am absolutely shattered, (and between you and me, still could do with some more time to sober up), and am on the way back home. All in all, it’s been a really fun and solid 24 hours!
I’ve now made it back home, and have had a lovely one hour of sleep, and shortly I’ll be heading into London again for the Imperial Summer Ball.
This is it, the final day in Cambridge! Aside from packing and getting my stuff home, there’s been nothing really of note happening. I’m sticking around and not leaving until tomorrow, as it’s the Corpus May Ball tonight, which I’m thoroughly looking forward to. The afternoon was spent watching The Shining with MK, RS, and AC, and it’s a great film! I’m now getting ready for the ball, and am meeting up with the others in half an hour.
The Corpus ticket name change looks super sketchy on the ticket, but they updated their Excel sheet, so hopefully there won’t be a problem getting in.
It’s the penultimate day of May Week, and so things are beginning to wind down. The Sedgwick Club “May Ball” was today, and it was great to see all the geologists one last time before we break up for the summer (or graduate in the case of a few of them), and enjoy a [traditionally rainy British summer] barbecue. SP and the rest of his steel pan band were playing, and they were great (I particular enjoyed their rendition of Take On Me, which worked really well on the pans). I’ve also managed to get a ticket to Corpus May Ball tomorrow night, which should be enormous fun. I’m also now going to the summer ball at Imperial on Saturday night, so it’s going to be a knackering weekend (although it’ll also be huge fun clearly).
As I’m moving out on Saturday, packing begins with earnest today. My parents are collecting most of my stuff tomorrow, so I’ll be left with only a few basic things with which to take home (via London). After I’m home, I’m basically just sorting stuff out for Chile (travel risk forms/health assessment/horse riding lessons/etc.). I got an email today giving more details about my Atacama placement, and I need a -10 to -15C rated sleeping bag, as it is cold at night. There will also be strong UV radiation due to the high altitude (2.5-4.5 km). It’s all very exciting, and is a much cooler “office” than most people get to work in!
Dinner tonight was at a local curry house, as it was JT’s birthday supper, and it was lovely to spend the evening with everyone, especially as most of them are graduating, and so will not be around next year.
RS and I went to this one just the two of us, and we had a great time. The doors opened earlier than they did at Robinson, and we got in in slightly less time. There were some spring roll things being handed out in the queue which was a bonus. After getting in, we had an explore to get our bearings, and were pleased to see that they layout was pretty good. Overall, it was much easier to find stuff here than at Robinson, and there was an excellent selection of food and drink. The fireworks were better (mainly as they weren’t obscured by trees), however, there were a lot of queues for stuff which let the side down a little. All in all though, it was an excellent night, with a brilliant selection of things to see, do, eat, and drink, and we had a great time!
Another day in May Week, more fun to be had. This morning was pretty relaxing, with me meeting up with NU for tea at Fitzbillies which was lovely. We had a great chat, and it was great to catch up. After that, I’ve had a quiet afternoon, as tonight is Downing May Ball!
Ok, so it wasn’t the ocean, but it was the River Cam. Today was geological punting day, and so, having stocked up on many provisions (including lots of food, drink, and those cheerful little brollies that you put in your drink), we hired a couple of punts from Scuds. We spent a cheerful few hours on the Cam, and got to Grantchester Meadows. Essentially it was a fun day with the geologists, as HS is leaving before the Sedgwick Club Party on Thursday to go sailing (which is fair enough, given that she’s probably going to be in the 2016 Olympics). After that, I came home, and had pizza for supper with RS. All in all, it’s been a fun and relaxing day!