We visited during one of Cambridge University’s annual “open days” when aspiring students can visit the various colleges at the university to see where they might want to live if they are admitted. Clara has actually been keen on attending college in England, so we happily went on a guided tour of one of the colleges, and got to explore several others. We saw lots of breathtaking architecture and landscaping from a range of centuries. Although Clara fell in love with the campuses she saw, she also learned that students not only have to know their indended field of study before applying, but are expected to take classes exclusively from within that field, which was less appealing to her than the more flexible American system.


A chance acquaintance (whom we met last February at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’ Popular Culture and the Deep Past, 2015: Tolkien Days at OSU) advised us to walk along “the Backs.” This to be proved the first of many times we were grateful for Megan’s recommendations!


St John’s College

The Chapel

The Bridge of Sighs, over the River Cam

The college

Punting on the Cam

Trinity College

By the Cam

The college