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Having helped uitlander pack her car, kharin and I set off for a day in Cambridge yesterday. It was all going so well until we got there. Having found that Grange Road was double-yellow lines and aggressive traffic-calming measures all the way down, and that the Backs was all fully parked, I decided I'd loop round and try one of the side-streets off Grange Road which looked promising. Except that I encountered a roundabout unexpectedly and found myself turning left, and heading in the other direction round the ring road. OK, I thought, Plan B was to aim for a multi-storey car park there, which we found without problem, but getting into an available space proved more challenging in anything larger than a Smart car. I got my car into a space, but then I couldn't open the driver's door. In fact I was so close up against a concrete pillar that it was going to take a 97-point-turn to get the car out - and then - the perhaps inevitable sound of metal scraping on concrete, like the bass version of nails on a blackboard.

That moment of madness aside, we had a good day. Many of the Colleges frustratingly had signs up indicating that they were open "daily", but at said hour, they also had a sign saying "College Closed". We saw some bits and pieces, including the new clock at Corpus Christi; I salved my Third Reich Architecture fetish by detouring to see the University Library, before meeting kharin in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Serendipitously I bumped into altariel and mraltariel on my way there, thus proving uitlander's conjection that there are only 200 people in the known world.

Our evening was spent sipping a pint of real ale in a pub with some striking similarities to the Hobgoblin in Reading, before moving on for a tasty Indian meal. As is traditional, everyone ordered far too much to eat. We escaped early, but arrived home just in time not to turn into pumpkins.

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strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: November 3rd, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear - sorry to hear about the car! I hope the courtesy car is an enjoyable drive while it's being fixed.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: November 3rd, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it will make it a rather more expensive trip than I had planned with the excess on the insurance, but nothing hurt other than pride.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: November 3rd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well thank you for coming over, despite the unfortunate incident. It was good to see you and I hope you didn't find 'the other place' too unwelcoming.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: November 4th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by most of it. I suspect for future reference, the way to do this trip is either by train (depending on cost) or to use the Park and Ride, at least during the daytime, and drive in for city centre parking if needed in the evening. A bit like Oxford, in fact.
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