“When the weather’s good, there’s no better place to be than the British countryside.” (Ross Kemp)

IMG_1438One of the best things to do on a sunny day in London: jump on the train and get the hell out of the city. There is so much more to explore in the UK and when you live in London, it is very easy to just get stuck in the rut and not leave your 4 walls or postcode.

An excellent escape is Cambridge: 45 minutes on the train and you are in beautiful green, Beatrix Potter like English countryside with soft hills and blue sky. The air is fresh, no car fumes, no helicopter noise, no sirens. Peace. Oh, and students. And a lot of Asian tourists. But hey. We can deal with that. We just take a left, walk through little meadows and aim for the river Cam, where we hire a boat for some punting.

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Punting is what Cambridge is famous for – apart from its University and the King’s College Chapel, of course. You can be your own punter (if you have/are someone with strong arms, excellent balancing skills and quite a bit of confidence with a sense of humour) or you hop in one of the many boats which have a student doing the punting for you. I did try my luck but officially don’t have a talent in punting, and my better half doesn’t have much of a sense of orientation so to the joy of a lot of hen do’s we rammed quite a few boats on our way up and down the river.

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When in Cambridge, do go and visit the University. It is exactly as you would imagine it and how it gets described in the many romanticised century movies. I literally expected Colin Firth to walk out of a door, which he disappointingly didn’t…. You can walk around the grounds of the colleges, enjoy the beautiful outside gardens and stick your nose into the occasional building. And when the sky is blue, you feel far far away from the UK!

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