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Virtual tour to Cambridge

Travel to small European cities is a pleasure for the elite. The measured rhythm of the province and the afternoon calm can not be compared with boiling, colorful megacities. However, quite often small towns are as popular as the giant capitals.

The world-famous Cambridge (Cambridge) is a two-hour drive from the bustling, hard-working London. In the view of many, it is one famous and ancient University. A place where future luminaries live, real scholars, students who in the future will become famous all over the world. As if not quite the city, and a huge student hostel. Indeed, most of the land of Cambridge officially belongs to the University, which is divided into different colleges – king’s College, Trinity (Trinity), where he studied Newton and Byron, St. James (St. James) and others.

Interestingly, the load on the student in Cambridge is only 15 hours per week (doctors and technicians added workshops). This is incomparably less than in Russian universities. “It is more useful to work independently, and not to portray sleepy zeal in lectures and seminars, – says the Dean of the faculty of Humanities of Cambridge Kate Pritty. “Learning is an active process, passive perception is ineffective.” But the control is tight: during the semester it is necessary to pass a lot of coursework. Each student is assigned a tutor or tutor. All the years in Cambridge tutor, like Virgil, leads the ward through numerous circles of tests. The exam is exclusively written and anonymous. Tails in Cambridge – atavism, can resolve one-two retakes. The fact of cheating leads to a categorical deduction, as well as fights. But we digress from the topic.

Old elegant buildings scattered throughout the city are surrounded by neat bushes and hedges. Cambridge University is considered to be the main attraction. The entrance to the courtyards of colleges (in the building is forbidden to enter) is estimated at a few pounds, but tourists do not stop. In addition, Cambridge is literally flooded with language schools, where students come from all over the world. Ask anyone “why?”and you will get a clear answer: “Without knowledge of English in life you will achieve little.” Students from Japan, Korea, Germany, France, Mexico, Russia are surprisingly unanimous. In fact, students – this is the real inhabitants of Cambridge. They spend time in the center, sit in bars and go to the movies. The local population (about 200 thousand) prefers to live on the outskirts, get up at dawn and go to bed early.

For Cambridge fine when in the building one door leads to the school, and the other in the pub. Apparently, teachers are sympathetic to the fact that in the morning future scientists and business magnates will go to classes, and in the evening come to relax. In little glorious Cambridge everything radiates hospitality and willingness to help the beginner. At the expense of students there are cafes and shops, many families earn by accepting students. The so-called host families rent a room in their home, feed a delicious dinner, give valuable advice and – most importantly – help to practice English. Host families services are cheaper than renting an apartment, even in half with a neighbor. In addition, it creates the illusion that in a strange city there are people who do not care about you.

In principle, to settle down here is not very difficult. Motley shops, shops and cafes often hire foreign students for work that does not require a special permit or qualification. In their spare time, the guys wash dishes, wipe the dust or help the cashier, and they dream of a successful career. This option suits those who are 17-20 years old, and who can not boast of special achievements at home. More experienced and ambitious students earn their tuition in private lessons (for example, they teach their native language to those who wish). In the course of exotic languages – Arabic, Chinese. But the popularity of English is beyond competition.

It seems that in Cambridge almost no one speaks without an accent. Sellers and bus drivers, plying to the center and back, have an enviable patience. They are ready to repeat the same phrase several times until the student who is stunned by new impressions does not understand it. Do not be ashamed of grammatical errors and faulty pronunciation: in Cambridge this tactfully do not notice.

But everyone rides bicycles. Signal Bicycle bell starts the morning, he informs, “Time for bed”. In contrast to the slow buses, cyclists ride quickly and safely. Reckless and strict aunts in business suits, and respectable old ladies, and mothers of many children with a couple of children in the back seat. About students I at all I keep quiet. Used bicycles are sold on every corner, and many, arriving in the city, immediately go for the necessary means of transportation.

The charm of Cambridge give wonderful parks. In spring and summer, students sit on the grass, drinking mineral water and snacking on a Turkey sandwich. Since there is little entertainment in the town, most of the free time people spend in parks. There they read books, play ball or just while away the break between classes. In General, active and useful rest, besides in the fresh air. Parks – huge, they have enough space for noisy companies, and eager for solitude romantics. It is especially pleasant to walk along the banks of the river Cam or take a boat ride, slowly overlooking the surrounding area. But in the cold season, these pleasures goes into the category of unattainable dreams. In winter, the weather in Cambridge is quite nasty. Wet, windy, raining all the time. My clothes, adapted to the harsh Russian winters, were not hot at all. However, frost-resistant locals sported in… flip-flops. Indeed, some British (and particularly English women) somehow think sandals are the most suitable winter footwear. In addition, they think that the flip-flops perfectly suited coat. I must say, this picture I saw not only in Cambridge, but also in London. Needless to say, the centre of the fashion world!

Cambridge is proud of its few attractions. The most important – Fitzwilliam Museum (Fitzwilliam). It is also worth paying attention to the Museum of archaeology and anthropology and the Botanical garden. In the archaeological Museum, largely through the efforts of University staff collected a huge collection from around the world. The “range” – objects of the Paleolithic era, finds from Asia, Africa, Central and South America pre-Columbian pores and, of course, Britain. Entrance, as in all national museums of the country, is free. The Botanical garden of Cambridge is one of the oldest in the country. It was founded in 1846 by John Stevens Henslow (John Stevens Henslow) – the teacher of Charles Darwin (Charles Darwin). On forty acres of land belonging to the garden, there are lakes, glass houses, a winter garden, a garden of stones and more than 10 thousand species of plants. For all these pleasures, adults pay three pounds, children enjoy for free.

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