I have been in Cambridge for 2 weeks, and I just saw the sun for the first time yesterday, typical UK weather! I love Cambridge; it’s a city of 130,000 people, and very easy to get around, I am good on the number 2 bus! I am staying with the BK family, in a lovely home, close to the city centre. I am attending programs, meetings etc., and spending time with Prashant (very wise, always learn from him) also my friend Sarah, (she always looks after me)! I gave a public talk on Forgiving and Forgetting in life, again as I did in the spring, overlooking King’s College.
As you know I had wanted to find place to stay and spend year in the UK, but didn’t know if I could find something that I could afford, it’s very expensive, everything costs double here! I got very lucky one day, I was at movies having a chat with a young woman, and told her what I was looking for, so she connected me to her friend named Sarah. Sarah has a lovely Victorian terrace home on a lovely street, close to the river, within walking distance of the city centre. I will be her tenant, with a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom in her home, and the price is very fair, I am very, very lucky!! Sarah is a retired educator and I will move here for one year, starting April 15th 2016.
I will be buying a bike, I went on a 10-mile cycle with a friend and survived, bikes are part of culture here! The energy in Cambridge is very busy and good, because there are students here from all over the world.
When I was here 2 years ago, I posted a blog about this wonderful young man, named Peter, who took me around Cambridge for my birthday; he had keys for all of the doors. I was very taken with him, he was 22, very ill, at the time, and he really understood the meaning of life, I nicknamed him, The Oracle! He moved to Devon, but arrived in Cambridge for few days. I was thrilled to see him, he seems to be much better, healthy, eating; he has gained weight, and still deserves the name, The Oracle.
I am writing from this London where I am staying for a couple of days to get my London fix. To see my dear friend Briony, and to attend her launch of Ambit, an excellent Literary Magazine, and also to have dinner with some wonderful friends from Canada, Prue and Bruce! Bruce is Board Member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Compass Rose Society; they do charity work around the world. Of course I did a little shopping at Uniglo, my favourite store in the world, Toronto will be getting one next year.
Next stop Kuwait!!!
Extra pictures from Cambridge and London
How lucky to find a place to stay. I am staying with my youngest daughter Andy who had an emergency C section 3 days ago. She and baby are fine but she has a 2 yr old as well so needs my help. I’m thinking about 5 weeks, then we are going to our other daughter’s ski chalet on Vancouver island for Christmas and staying 2 weeks. Rich is holding down the fort at home. I feel like a nomad too!
Betty! You always land on your feet. Sounds wonderful. Still hopw to meet up with you in Penang and in California in March. Enjoy!xxx
Betty, I share the same love of Kings Colledge Cambridge as you do, especially the music of the choir.
Sounds like you are having the time of your life! Miss you. Give Briony a big hug for me when you see her. Safe travels. xoxoxo