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 morning warranted a trip to London for the induction day. It was really interesting, and a great chance to get to know more of the others doing the internship (even though they’ll be spread across other countries and continents, as well as finding out some answers to various questions, and meeting new people. After a boring train journey back to Cambridge, it was time to get ready for the May Ball tonight, which will be huge fun. I’m thinking about starting a new mini series on this blog, so keep your eyes peeled!
For the first time in far far too long I headed to London. Arriving at 11 ish, I nabbed a cup of tea and went to get vaccinated against typhoid fever before going on a casual explore.
First stop was Chinatown to pick up an exercise book with squares in so that I may practice writing hanzi. After that I had a rather scrummy croque madame and an Orangina at Café Rouge. A corner shop was next to buy Private Eye and New Scientist which I then read in St James Park.
A brief tube ride to South Kensington ensued where I spent a lovely couple of hours reading and drinking more tea before the highlight of the day, namely meeting my best friend TKC. We then headed to the embankment for a chat before grabbing a delicious dinner at Boyds Brasserie. It was so nice just to talk and pass the time together, and I had a wonderful time. She’s returning to Hong Kong in a fortnight for the foreseeable future, so I’m grateful for any chance to see her before she goes (as it’ll be very sad when she departs the UK).
Dinner having come to an end it was time to head home. I said goodbye to TKC and got the train to home home. I’m spending the night here as I have an induction morning tomorrow at the office, and it’s easier to get to central London from here than Cambridge.