Oxford – The Other Place

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Oxford is a lovely little town in England and famous for one of the best universities in the world. Here in Cambridge we enjoy a little imagined rivalry with Oxford (a bit like Harvard vs Yale I suppose). I have … Continue reading

National Trails – something for the outdoors-y people

The Acorn Sign

The “National Trails” are a collection of long distance footpaths and walks around England and Wales. They are marked by Acorn Signs to point the way through Nature. In Scotland similar walks called Long Distance Routes.

The National Trails are a lovely collection of trails through some of the most scenic regions of England and Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast Walk for instance has been awarded several times including being the No. 3 of the top ten walks in the world, alongside The Inca Trail in Peru and even Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

They were created by linking existing bridleways and local footpaths and filling the gaps were needed. There are 15 Trails in total spanning about 2,500 miles – if that won’t make the walking soul happy then I don’t know what would.

After my first assessment the website is very helpful in planning a walk. Ordinance survey maps are helpful to find your way and most trails have their own published guide book, but the website is so good that you won’t need that. With the trails ranging from 79 – 630 miles in distance you won’t complete them in a day, but the website caters to both crowds: those that will make an adventure expedition out of it and those that want a short (ca. 2.5 – 3 hours) walk. PDF distance charts allow you to estimate which stretch you can reasonably complete in your timeframe. Most trails have PDFs on shorter walks you can do and some have the whole trail spilt up into easy sections for example the Norfolk Coast Path. This lovely trail that is snuggled against the North Sea is spilt up into seven shorter walks between 5.6 – 8.6 miles in length. The PDFs together with the Acorn Signs along the path make it relatively easy to complete these walks without troubles.

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Norwich – I would go again and again

How to get there and back – by Train (ca. 1h20min) £10.25 (with 16-25 railcard)
How long it takes – Daytrip
How much I paid –  £17
Where to stay – N/A
Where to eat – Adam & Eve Pub in Norwich
What to do and see – suggestions:Norwich Castle, Cathedral and Adam & Eve Pub

Norwich Castle

English National Opera

How to get there and back – train & underground; £14.50 (with railcard)
How long it takes – An evening
How much I paid – £20 (for the show only); £ca. 40 (all inclusive)
Where to stay – N/A
Where to eat – not necessary; but find suggestions below
What to do and see – show of the night; look online to see what’s on

THE ENO

The English National Opera (ENO) is an opera company based in London, resident at the London Coliseum next to Trafalgar Square. It is one of the two principal opera companies in London along with the Royal Opera. Their productions are sung in English and travel to more than 20 international opera houses. At the same time the London Coliseum is the location to see many international productions as well as the English National Ballet and other international ballet companies. Their programme is versatile and reaches from the very classical to the modern.

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First trip to London

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How to get there and back – by Train to London Kings Cross or Liverpool street for £14.50 with a 16-25 Railcard

How long it takes – a Daytrip

How much I paid  ~£50 

Where to stayN/A

Where to eat 

Lunch (on the Southbank) Skylon – two courses from the sunday Lunch Menu for £25.50 Otherwise try the chains Giraffe or Yo Sushi (qualifies for NUS discount)

Dinner (in Chinatown) Little Lamb – Chinese: cheap and great Or New FookLam Moon – Malayisian goodness for small pockets

What to do and see – see below

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