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Elitist Boundaries

The airport bus was late, so the irate faces of the would-be passengers told me. The driver however, did apologise for the lateness, on the grounds of “people not being able to drive properly”. And then it was yet another 50 minutes from London Stansted to the town centre. Cambridge seems to typify the posh bit of the so-called ‘Englishness’. I found that its open spaces achingly beautiful, its grounds almost sacred (almost like Edinburgh with Hyde Park built in) but infuriatingly elitist, its city centre small and after a while…dare I say..boring.Punting is the highly-rated pastime and the order of the day. One punter tried to imitate a Venetian...

Moving Days

The last 2 saturdays were moving days. On the first Saturday, the luggage and I got into a cab and grudgingly paid the £6 fare up to Royal Terrace from Richmond Place where the Adria Guesthouse is situated – beautiful, spacious Georgian Townhouses with high ceilings and Victorian-lookalike furnishing – typically lined with hotels and other upmarket guesthouses. Adria Guesthouse surprised me with its furnishings and the only grouse I had was that the wireless (once again!) did not function properly for Macs. Greeted by a man wearing an ‘Australia Post’ T-shirt, a quick tinker for directions had me saunter down Abbey Mount, through Croft an Righ and on straight...

The contradicting Scot

The last few days have been anything but sane, yet it has been the most contradictory experience – when the hassle, turmoil and annoyance of rushing about suddenly come face to face with friendly and helpful people at every turn, that somehow barely alleviates the misery of administrative nightmares and other emotional let-downs. In the midst of changing course and accommodation – imagine that run of things from the very moment I arrived – barely 2 days ago, it is thus not surprising that the lack of enthusiasm when it comes to sightseeing is somewhat showing. But Scotland has greeted me with a far happier fervour than the brief but...