Words and friends, Part III

See Parts I and II for previous details of the week/weekend.

Pictures from Sunday:

Running past my workplace. Photo credit: Elise
Running past my workplace. Photo credit: Elise
A little panorama of English countryside. Photo credit: Elise
A little panorama of English countryside. Believe it or not, this is on top of a hill. Photo credit: Elise
Running along some fields. Photo credit: Elise
Running along some fields. Photo credit: Elise
Elise had the brilliant idea  to try and get a good view of Cambridge, so we climbed the tiny spiral staircases of the bell tower of Great St. Mary's in the afternoon. Photo credit: Elise
Elise had the brilliant idea to try and get a good view of Cambridge, so we climbed the tiny spiral staircases of the bell tower of Great St. Mary’s in the afternoon. Photo credit: Elise
Totally worth the price of admission. Here's the view to the north/northwest, featuring lots of old colleges. You can just make out the conference center next to Churchill in the middle of the background (the glass pyramid spire thing).
Totally worth the price of admission. Here’s the view to the north/northwest, featuring lots of old colleges. You can just make out the conference center next to Churchill in the background (the buildings in the trees in the upper left).
Northeast view: more old colleges.
Northeast view: more old colleges, with some modern buildings thrown in.
Eastern view: the market square!
Eastern view: the market square!
South view: colleges, shops, and little mazes of alleys.
South view: colleges, shops, and little mazes of alleys.
West view (in the afternoon, unfortunately, so it's backlit): spectacular King's College.
West view (in the afternoon, unfortunately, so it’s backlit): spectacular King’s College.
We had some fun looking at these cool mechanized (or hand-cranked) wooden moving toys.
We had some fun looking at these cool mechanized (or hand-cranked) wooden moving toys, for sale in the market. My favorite is probably the pianist.
We decided to go to 3:30 pm Evensong at King's because it was a way to get into the chapel and hear the famous choir for free. Turns out Cambridge students are allowed in for free (with two guests) anyway. Oh well, it was still an interesting cultural experience. I took this photo of the exterior of the chapel right before turning my phone off before the service.
We decided to go to 3:30 pm Evensong at King’s because it was a way to get into the chapel and hear the famous choir for free. Turns out Cambridge students are allowed in for free (with two guests) anyway. Oh well, it was still an interesting cultural experience. I took this photo of the exterior of the chapel right before turning my phone off before the service.
Inside the chapel, after the service. It's a spectacular building. Photo credit: Elise
Inside the chapel, after the service. It’s a spectacular building. Photo credit: Elise
The front gate and court of King's College, from the inside! (Also note the relatively rare  blue sky.)
The front gate and court of King’s College, from the inside! (Also note the relatively rare blue sky.)
At the end of a long day, we partook in the classic British tradition of getting Indian food (though we skipped the beer afterward, having gone to a traditional pub after the concert on Saturday). It was pretty good! Photo credit: Elise
At the end of a long day, we partook in the classic British tradition of getting Indian food (though we skipped the beer afterward, having gone to a traditional pub after the concert on Saturday). It was pretty good! Photo credit: Elise

Monday: I had to get back to work and try to get something done before demonstrating in the afternoon, so I skipped my morning run (as it turned out, I had a technical erg session that evening anyway, so I just did a workout before that) and we made a leisurely breakfast of baked apples. I will take the time to recommend the recipe again, although I would perhaps increase the butter and decrease the sugar next time. Apples are so naturally sweet that adding a lot of extra sugar is not necessary, and the moderating influence of extra fat would be welcome. They went very well with plain yogurt!

Removing breakfast from the oven. Photo credit: Elise
Removing breakfast from the oven. Photo credit: Elise
Elise insisted on getting a photo in natural light. I must admit, it's prettier than my 8-pm-fluorescent-lit photos.
Elise insisted on getting a photo in natural light. I must admit, it’s prettier than my 8-pm-fluorescent-lit photos. Photo credit: Elise.

Then, sadly, I had to go to work, and Elise went off for a little bit more Cambridge exploration and then back to Germany. I don’t know about her, but I had a great time this weekend, and I certainly appreciate her motivating me to do fun things in Cambridge that I might not have otherwise done (like climbing the bell tower and going to a Wagner and Sibelius concert).

Coming up this week (anticipated, at least): rowing starts for real, maybe! It was too windy to go out on the water today, but I might have my first outing tomorrow morning…

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