Saturday was the first whole day excursion for the participants of Cambridge Immerse. After a hearty breakfast, the coach departed at 10.30 sharp, heading towards the historical city of Oxford. Over-excited, the students happily whittled away the first hour or so by blasting out traditional coach journey songs. Much to the delight of other travellers, everyone eventually settled down, allowing for quick power naps to boost energy levels for the fun-filled day ahead.
Upon arrival in Oxford the students wandered around the city centre with mentors as guides, soaking up the atmosphere. Lunch was had in a pret-a-manger nestled within the ancient walls of a Tudor building, Bella Italia, and even in the beautiful nearby park. The afternoon activities were kicked-off with a walking tour. The professional guides pointed out countless impressive and incredibly beautiful landmarks, whilst informing us of the history surrounding many of the sights. Highlights included the Bridge of Sighs, the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera. Students also saw many of the University Colleges such as Balliol, Exeter and Trinity. All were mesmerised by the mystery of All Souls College, described as ‘the College with no students’. Other sights included the inspirational landmark for C.S. Lewis’ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and filming locations of Harry Potter. The tour ended at Christchurch College which was overwhelmingly breathtaking in both size and beauty.
Following the tour, the students had the chance to explore the city in small groups. Some went shopping, whilst others discovered quaint coffee shops or relaxed in the park. The group re-convened at Christchurch Meadows before the evening meal in Lincoln College. Although known as a small College, Lincoln’s size only added to it’s charm. The dining hall was another building of Tudor design, and the meal did not disappoint with plaice, guinea fowl and strawberry vacherin enjoyed by all. After the second formal meal of the programme the group departed back to Cambridge – more travelled, satisfied, knowledgeable and than they arrived. Although arriving back to Christ’s in time for curfew, everyone rolled straight into bed after the long day out. No doubt their Cambridge Immerse experience enriched by the visit to the ‘other place’.