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February 07, 2005

Reading Week Mini–Break

(Pretending to be oblivious to the fact that I haven't updated this for ages…)

First of all – hooray and wahoo! It's that marvellous time of term again, oh yes, it's reading week. Ahh, time to sit back, relax and enjoy a well-earned break from the stresses and strains of everyday student life…isn't that what week six is all about?!

My weekend trip home with my two fabulous flatmate friends got off to a reasonable start – we left uni at around 10.45am yesterday morning, only 45mins late according to the prearranged 'schedule', which was pretty good really considering how long I usually take to get ready. Anyone who saw us, loaded like carthorses, traipsing down the stairs and out to my car could've been forgiven for thinking that we were off on a week-long trip to a remote island where you have to provide your own kitchen sink. Admittedly the majority of the baggage was mine – well, I had to take advantage of the free laundry facilities at home and my "3-weeks-on-my-bed"-old bedlinen was definitely most grateful for its excursion. It wanted to run there itself but the prospect of the three of us singing our hearts out to Il Divo seemed to be the persuading factor and it decided it would travel with us after all. So, 2hrs, 20mins, far too many Tesco Mint Assortment mints and an excessive amount of Cadbury's Chocolate Eclairs later, we arrived in good old Bury St. Edmunds (it's where Saint Edmund – oh good old Saint Edmund – was buried, you know). After a disappointing rifle through 5 weeks of mail only to discover 3 bank statements, a phone bill and a "quality of life" survey addressed to me, we spent the afternoon wandering around Bury town centre and admiring the Abbey Gardens. Or rather, climbing up and clinging for dear life onto some random chunks of stone (otherwise known as ruins) whilst posing for silly photos in the Abbey Gardens. On the way home we celebrated the fact that it's reading week and rewarded ourselves for our energetic (ahem), fresh-air-filled afternoon with a stop at the Thorntons Cafe…mmmm :o)

Today we (eventually) left my house at around noon, 'Speedy Fliss' having been extra-speedy and only taken about 2 hours to get ready. With laundry freshly laundered and the car repacked with all of our "just-in-case" and "you never know what might happen" belongings, we set off to see the sights of Cambridge. After popping into a few shops, it was soon time for lunch before a less-than-5-minute trip to King's College chapel to hear the (first few bars of the) evensong choral service. What a treat. After a chilly half an hour spent searching for the River Cam, we stumbled upon it (not literally, thankfully) and even got to see the merry punters punting away merrily on their punts (is that really a subject noun, object noun and a verb?!). Of course after all this excitement we had to stop at Starbucks on the way back to the car…mmmm :o) (Anyone seeing a pattern emerging here?!)

So, a refreshingly delightful hot-chocolate-filled weekend to kick-start reading week…I wonder just how inspired to work I will feel in the morning though?!

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