Reflection

King’s College, Cambridge

Last weekend, as you can see in Cole’s post, we took a trip to the city of Manchester. After over two full weeks of traveling around England and France, it seemed fitting that we only had three nights back in Cambridge before hitting the road again for Manchester – and while all the traveling has been wonderful, it is also nice to be back in Cambridge again. I know at least a few of my classmates on this trip agree with me when I say that I have fallen in love with Cambridge over the short time we have spent here, and I have been very excited to be back over the last week.

After all that time spent traveling, it was also natural that our classes have picked back up in full – back to three days a week of classes. Thus, this past week back in Cambridge has not been overly eventful – filled with problem sets, history portfolios, and papers by Alan Turing. Not exactly the most exciting content for a blog post. Which is why I would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on some of the highlights of this trip. As there have been so many great moments on this trip, I am only going to be able to talk about a small portion of them.

As I am writing this, reflecting back on the past two months, it is hard for me to believe that there are less than two full weeks left on this trip. It has been such an amazing trip so far, and I do not want it to be over. So, I would like to start by talking about how this trip began – with our arrival in Cambridge. Since most of us had not been to Cambridge before, we spent a few days basically getting oriented in the city after our classes. And since most of us only knew a handful of the other students, we also used this time to get to know each other. The first week or two were full of wonderful new discoveries around Cambridge and the start of many new friendships.

Switching gears to a more academic highlight, our trip to Bletchley Park is something I could not possibly leave out. We got to see the buildings in which Alan Turing, along with thousands of others, were able to break the German Enigma machines. We even got to use a real Enigma machine, and watch how a Bombe, the machine created by Turing to help break Enigma, really worked. After that, we went to the adjacent museum, where we got to see the Colossus, and then write some code in this really old programming language called BASIC. Overall, it was a wonderfully educational trip, which was also a lot of fun.

Enigma machine

The next highlight I want to talk about I will be brief, as it has already appeared in previous posts on this blog – France. Specifically, Normandy. Having never been to France before, I didn’t really know what to expect. What I ended up with was a wonderful time in a beautiful country – we saw spectacular beaches, hills, and fields, without ever straying very far from Normandy. In addition to the beauty of the country, we also got to visit many historical sights relevant to the D-Day invasions at Normandy.

One of the beaches captured by American troops on D-Day
French coastline

This is by no means a complete list of everything I have enjoyed about this trip – I don’t think they would let me write a post that long. Everything about this trip has been so much fun, and I am sad that the end is getting close. So on that note, I am going to end this here, so I can go out and make the most of my last two weeks in this amazing country. Cheers!

Reflection

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