Truth Universally Acknowledged

July 4, 2012

Cambridge

Filed under: Uncategorized — mboesl @ 8:43 am

Well, here I am, in Cambridge. The weather feels just like summer weather at home, a balmy 55 degrees and cloudy, with scattered rain showers. They sun seems reticent to shine down on the stunning gothic buildings, preferring to leave them covered by the clouds of time. Pembroke College, where I’m living, was founded in the austere year of 1347, a full 354 years before Yale was founded. The air of the ages hangs over the place. One imagines prime ministers, poets, journalists, particle physicists and nobles walking down the cobbled streets in their student days, before they were prime ministers, poets journalists, particle physicists and nobles. From Newton to Cranmer, Turing to Wilberforce and Pitt, Spurgeon to Watson and Crick, to all of them, Cambridge was a home at some point. The 31 colleges of the University vastly spread out through the city all have unique temperaments, designs and histories. Each college is an individual learning community, with professors, undergrads and graduate students all living and working in the same place. Of course, it being the long summer vacation, the sense of academia is less strong than it would be in term time. Classes go well, and life is easy. Tomorrow, we head to Edinburgh for several days, which should be wonderful. Anyway, back to the scones and tea. 

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1 Comment »

  1. How wonderful! The tea and scones part…

    Comment by Gretchen — August 3, 2012 @ 3:30 pm | Reply


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