Have you had a good weekend? What's the weather like in Japan at the
moment? It's been quite pleasant here lately.
Last time I wrote to you, I told you about my meet-up in London. Today let
me tell you about the following day, which I spent in Cambridge...
I went there with a family, two of whom are Japanese and used to be my
students in Hiroshima, and the other who is French. Their story is a
lovely one. The Japanese lady and French man both went to Cambridge around
20 years ago to study English. They met there for the first time, hit it
off, and eventually got married. Now they live in Hiroshima with their
daughter, but they continue to communicate mainly in English. Because of
this, their daughter is picking up English naturally. Of course she speaks
Japanese too because of her Japanese surroundings. They also take an
annual trip to France in order for their daughter to practice French as
well. Isn't that a wonderful upbringing she has?!
This year, as well as France, they decided to have a nostalgic trip to
Cambridge and I was lucky enough to be invited along. Despite being
British, it was my first time to go to this historic and famous place.
We started the day by driving out of London across London bridge where we
could see The Tower of London, previously a prison and now home to the
Crown Jewels, as well as modern structures such as The Gherkin. Here's the
photo I took from the car...
Once at Cambridge, the first thing to try was punting. This is an
old-style of riding on a boat, a bit similar to a gondola in Venice. You
can see a picture of me trying it at the top of this article. I have to
admit, I just posed for this photo because the pole was so heavy and I
found it impossible to steer or move the boat! My friend's husband did the
punting whilst us girls enjoyed the view of Cambridge University from the
river: the sky was blue, the trees bright green, the water clean, and the
buildings and bridges a kind of sand colour. It was so lovely!
After a traditional lunch and a beer, we walked around the Sunday market,
listened to bagpipes being played in the street, did some shopping, and
absorbed the beautiful architecture. We were pretty tired after all that
and sat down to take a rest in front of Newton's tree. This is apparently
the place where the apple fell on Issac Newton's head. Have you heard that
story? You can see a picture of the place at the end of this article.
It was a wonderful day out and one I will remember for a long time. I am
truly grateful for my friends coming to visit because thanks to them I
was able to experience a different slice of British life from my own: I
felt like a tourist in my own country!
Have you also had any interesting experiences in your home country
recently? I'd love to hear about them when you have time.
Recently a few people said they are a fan of my blog. I'm so pleased to
hear that: thank you for reading this. Until next week, take care! Best
wishes, from Corrina. ☺️