This is the view from my window. Cambridge may have a city center with an Apple Store and a couple of shopping malls, but a lot of the city is effectively countryside, which is very nice. There's no traffic anywhere near my room, so there's very little to distract from my studies.
This is the oldest bridge over the river Cam, belonging to Clare College.
This is a shot of the undergraduate residence halls which are a part of the grounds at King's. Walking by, it's very easy to get this very odd sensation that something furtive is going on, just through those windows.
I'm not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but King's College has a small herd of cows living on its property. A number of them are slaughtered and sold in the market square occasionally. A single steak from one of them can be as much as 78 GBP.
This is the St. John's College cathedral, which is one of my favorite cathedrals on campus. It isn't quite as awe-inspiring as the King's College cathedral; instead it's quite friendly-looking.
Another picture taken while punting. You can see the Bridge of Sighs (belonging to St. John's College) just behind this low-hanging tree.
The Bridge of Sighs again, this time a little closer. It's a very nice bridge, named after a bridge of the same name in Venice. There doesn't appear to be any glass in those cutouts, but I haven't been across it in person, so I can't say for sure.
It may be cliche, but it is very difficult to resist taking pictures of King's. That cathedral is downright imposing.
This was taken from the college backs around sunset. Fun fact: the bridge I took this picture from is the last place in England where one is legally allowed to duel to the death.
I really did take a lot of pictures of this building. You never realize how many pictures you take until you try to write captions for all of them...
This is part of the main St. John's College court, as viewed from the Cam. St. John's is the prettiest college, in my humble opinion, and I'll try to get in there and take some snaps before it gets all snowy here.
This is the so-called Mathematical Bridge, belonging to Queen's College. People often say that it was designed by Isaac Newton, but this is incorrect. It was actually designed by William Etheredge. It's a very pretty thing, though, made entirely of wood. Originally, it had no bolts of metal parts at all, but bolts were added for stability when it was discovered that the bridge's expansion and contraction in varying temperatures caused structural issues.
This is a sort of typical street corner. Despite what many of my pictures may show, Cambridge is a very modern city; it just happens to have a lot of very old buildings interspersed among the new. It's an odd, paradoxical-feeling place.
There are a lot of bicycles in Cambridge. Boulder, Colorado would positively blush at the sheer number of cyclists. There scarcely exists a single fence in the city which doesn't have at least one bike locked to it.
This is The Eagle pub, tucked away just across from Corpus Christi college. At this very pub, Watson and Crick announced that they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
This is the Kho Building, which will be my home for the coming year. It's relatively new, and because of that it is very nice. The so-called "Leckhampton" campus (a constituent campus of Corpus Christi College) is effectively a neighborhood of houses (a few Victorian, some from the late 20th century, and the brand new one I live in), where the graduates are housed.
This lane leads down from Grange Road to the Leckhampton neighborhood.
Most of the other colleges I've photographed are from roughly the period 1300-1500, and so sometimes it's easy to forget that a lot of Cambridge's colleges are from the 1700s or the 1800s, and there are even a few from the 1900s. Selwyn was founded in 1882, and it has great architecture.
This is the main entrance of Selwyn College, one of the Victorian-era colleges. I love its architecture--it's very Cambridge-y, but also just a little bit different somehow.
Saint John's is a beautiful college, and one of the more famous colleges at that. It sits on the river Cam, just next to Trinity. Trinity is the wealthiest college, but I think St. John's is better-looking.
This is the New Court of my college, Corpus Christi. It was founded in 1352, and as the master said at my induction, it is "small, but not the smallest" and "old, but not the oldest." I love my college. Our old library (the Parker library) has one of the largest collections of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts anywhere in the world. It's a beautiful place.
This is St. Bene't's Church, the oldest building in Cambridge. It was built some time between about 1000 and 1050. It belongs to my college (Corpus Christi), and its architecture is very different from most of the ostentatious, castle-like architecture of the nearby King's.
This clock (another unique feature belonging to Corpus Christi College) is called the Chronophage, which is Greek for "Time-Eater."
The strange thing about the Chronophage is that it's only accurate once every five minutes.
Well...the second strange thing about the Chronophage is that it has a giant, evil-looking grasshopper on top of it.
This little plaque sits just beneath the Chronophage. It bears the college arms of Corpus Christi College.
This plaque commemorates the attendance of one of my college's most famous alumni, Christopher Marlowe.
It's kind of surreal to see these little chalk markings on corners leading to the River Cam. I've always wanted to live in a city that has a river running through it.
In case you were wondering what England outside the city of Cambridge looks like--the countryside. Well, it's not so different from my home state of Colorado, but it is a lot greener. Traveling by train, you see field after field of rich, dark soil, so dark that it's almost black. These fields look as though they've never known drought. And rivers are simply everywhere.
I've walked past these cows dozens of times now, and thy still amuse me. so much. The one on the right has his eye on me, and seems to want me not to come any closer.
This is just a little alley in Cambrige.
This is a sunset at Leckhampton. Sunsets here are gorgeous, almost without exception.
This is the building I live in, at sunset.
The library is enormous. The main tower is so tall that it can actually be seen clearly from the King's College green, where the cows live.
The library has slightly terrifying architecture, actually. That massive spire reminds me of a prison watchtower.
Each of the wings on either side of this tower are six floors tall; This tower adds at least another six. It's taller than it looks in photographs.
Every hallway in the University Library (UL) is lined with endless bookshelves.
The library has these display cases which house exhibits, and it also has lots of little study alcoves with enormous oaken tables. These are all (naturally) surrounded by vast quantities of books.
The library is bigger than it looks on any map. It's like a gigantic Roman villa. This central courtyard is enormous, and you can sort of see that the library is actually a giant square built around it. But there's even more that you can't see--in the basement there are manuscript reading rooms and rare books collections and vast stacks.
This is the resource room, and it contains a ton of excellent reference materials. The architecture and size of this place really put me in mind of the New York City public library.