5th–10th January 2016 Cambridge.

Angela and I were both born and bred in Oxford and lived for most of our lives there. We were both aware from an early age that there was a certain rivalry between the two famous universities, especially The Boat Race which first took place in 1829. As of 2015 Cambridge are in front winning 81 times to Oxford’s 79.

                       The Boat Race.svg                          Oxford University Boat Club.svg OUBC                            Cambridge University Boat Club Rowing Blade.svgCUBC

The Varsity Match which was first played in 1872 is being led by Cambridge. They have won 61 times to Oxford’s 59. Up to and including 2015 there have been a total of 134 matches and 14 have ended in a draw. The only interruptions being the two world wars.

Oxford 'Blue" Rugby Shirt

Other Varsity matches between the two colleges include hockey, amateur boxing, cricket, archery and handball.

Not only do the students compete on a sporting level but also in the knowledge gained at their respective colleges. This being played out on the long running programme first shown on TV in 1962 called University Challenge first presented by Bamber Gascoingne.

So after all those years of wondering what Cambridge would be like to visit we finally got around to it. Lots of people say that the two cities are similar and they are, but I have to say my mind is not yet made up as to which is my favourite. Each has good and bad. What I will say is that Angela and I both enjoyed it very much and would recommend a weekend break if you ever get the chance.

We stayed at the Caravan Club site Cherry Hinton which is ideal as you can walk into the city centre. The bus stop is nearby as well as a couple of pubs, shops and takeaways.

During our stay we walked in and drove in without any dramas. The car park charges we decided were about the same as a return bus fare so thought it easier that way as we could leave as and when we wanted and not have to rely on the buses.

Our first visit was just a quick tour around stopping for lunch and coffee at Fitzbillies which is famous for their homemade Chelsea Bun. We took two away for later that evening.

Our second visit we decided to buy a small tour guide book from the tourist information and follow the Town & Gown walk. We chose to do it this way for a couple of reasons, the main one being we didn’t want to pay the £18 per person fee! Also we could go at our own pace  Winking smile

Overall our stay in Cambridge was great and we will definitely be returning to do more walking tours from our little book.

Tomorrow we are leaving for the Suffolk coast to see our niece Smile Smile Smile

                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                               

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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