January Shenanigans

Yes I know, I’ve neglected this blog for far too long, but I’ve been busy!

First of all, Christmas happened, which was lovely as per usual.  I went to see my family and ate an obscene amount of food as is the tradition.  New Year was spent seeing old friends, and no sooner had I settled back into the normal pace of working adult life than I contracted a rather unpleasant bout of tonsillitis that put me in bed for a week.

Anyway, that’s all over now.  Last weekend I ventured back to Cambridge for the first time since graduation, and I had a marvellous time, so this post is going to be about that really.

It’s surprising really, but when I arrived, it was like I hadn’t really left.  Nothing really ever seems to change there, and upon going into the geology department (which was my first stop), I came across a lot of my friends, as many of them have stayed on for Ph.Ds or to work there, and it was brilliant to see them again and to compare notes about the various things we’d been up to in the meantime.  Of course, no visit to the department would ever be complete without popping in to see Fabio, and it was great to catch up.

After my little trip to the department was done, I met up with JS (with whom I was staying that night) in The Mill (an excellent pub of many in Cambridge), and we had a quick drink.  HL turned up too, and it was good to see him again too.  He was visiting the medics, so was only around a short time.  JS and I headed back to College to wait for AW, and once he arrived, we headed off to Formal (which was great, as I’d not been, well, since graduation).

The next day, I bid farewell to JS, and AW and I popped out for a morning fry up in College, after which we went to the UL to re-register as alumni members (so that we can borrow books again if we so wish).  Then I headed over to my sister’s college to dump my stuff (as I was staying with her that night) followed by making for my favourite café – the Indigo Coffee House – to have one of their excellent hot chocolates.

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Their walls are covered with all sorts of foreign currencies, so I donated a note I’d saved from Suriname to their collection.  I don’t think they had any from Suriname, so it’s another country for them to tick off.  Apparently they’ve got around 80-90 countries’ worth of bank notes in total at the moment.

They're literally  not joking!

They’re literally not joking!

Once we’d finished our drinks, AW informed me that there was an ale festival going on in the University Social Club, so we went to see what was on offer.  FL and EB turned up a couple of hours later, but I only saw them for a few minutes before heading back to my sister’s as I had to get ready for a Formal at her college that night (that my parents were also coming to).

It was a Burns’ Night themed Formal, so there was of course haggis and a poetry recital, and afterwards there was a ceilidh which was enormous fun.

The next morning, it was time to leave Cambridge.  It’d been a great weekend visiting, and I’m sure I’ll be back again soon!