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Oct2015
1

We’ve been back in New Zealand almost a year now. In a few days, it will have been a whole year since we left Cambridge. Time has just *flown* by, but I’ll admit I’ve been avoiding this post, talking about Cambridge and leaving it behind. Cambridge was a beautiful city with beautiful sights to see, whether summer or winter. So maybe I won’t tell about what we will miss, but just show you instead. We enjoyed our lifestyle in Cambridge. […]

29
Jul2015
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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we tried to visit every pub in Cambridge. And while we weren’t successful, we visited many many pubs and they were easy to enjoy. Low key decor, rough around the edges, mismatched furniture with a constant supply of real hand-pulled ale. I didn’t like beer before I moved to the UK, but real ale taught me better. Real Ale is always cellar cool (not chilled) and has low carbonation (not foamy) with well rounded […]

23
Jun2015
1

When we moved to Cambridge, we noted that there were 92 pubs in Cambridge and we aspired to visit every pub in Cambridge. Well, we had a good crack at it, but we were unsuccessful in our mission. We ended up 14 pubs short of the full list. Drat! Still, we visited plenty of wonderful pubs, and here are some of the last ones we visited. The Mill This pub is down next to the river Cam next to some […]

01
Oct2014
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So for those of you that didn’t know, back in July le Tour de France had three stages in the UK before heading to France. The Tour started in York and ended in London. We were lucky that one of the stages started in Cambridge, so we made sure were there to wave some flags about. It was lovely to see everyone getting into the spirit, but it did make the roads packed! First all the cyclists took off, followed […]

23
Mar2014
2

As some of you may remember, Rob and I are trying to visit every pub in Cambridge. There were 92 when we first moved over and we’ve visited a lot of them! However, we’ve only posted 34.  A shocking effort! So here is a catchup of pubs mostly from the past year, but some are from ages ago. Yes, there were some from the early days that we forgot to post. But never mind that, we’re posting them now! Quinns […]

03
Mar2013
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Some of these pub photos are old. Strangely, there’s one pub from July 2011 that I forgot we visited, so didn’t catalogue sooner. So we’ll start with the oldest photos, The Rock, a Greene King pub that’s right on a main road. So while it was lovely to sit out in the sun, the traffic whizzing past wasn’t so great. Still, it one of the better pub options near the Cineworld cinema. Haha! I’m wearing glasses. Don’t need those since the […]

20
Jan2013
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We couldn’t afford to go home for Christmas last year which sucked. But we were inspired by Caroline’s Orphans’ Christmas she invited us to in 2010 so decided to host our own. We had 4 Kiwis come up from London  and 2 Kiwis from down the road for 3 days of festivities. Brilliant! The weather was drizzly and awful while everyone was with us. We did manage to make it into town one morning to wander around and show them Cambridge […]

08
Nov2012
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Back in April this year, we participated in the CAMRA Ale Trail 2012. Basically, we had to visit 10 real ale pubs during a 6 week period and have a pint at each. Brilliant idea! The rules were: you visited one of the designated pubs on the form, had a pint, and got a stamp. The prize at the end? A t-shirt. Some of these pubs were locals of ours that we had already visited previously. But we did get […]

11
Dec2011
2

Our friend Richard introduced us to Sloe Gin – a sweet syrupy after-dinner drink that’s made from sloes and gin. Now, we didn’t know what sloes were, but we have a much better idea now. And we didn’t know how to make sloe gin, but thanks to Richard we now do. Firstly, we have to pick the sloes. Stage 1: Picking the Sloes Well, before you actually pick the sloes, you have to walk a long way to the sloe […]

02
Aug2011
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I have these wonderful friends. Well, I have many friends, but there’s particular group that’s quite special. They’re my crew from our undergraduate days when we all were studying Computer Science. What’s quite cool is that out of 10 Compsci mates (Mel, Andrew, Belle, Eugene, Charlie, Bruce, Dave, Simon, Jude and myself), 6 of us live here in the UK now. Mad, right? We have caught up with them at various times over the last year but never in Cambridge. So, I sent out […]

28
Jun2011
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Every year since 1974 (with the exception of last year, apparently) Strawberry Fair has been on in Cambridge. It’s is a free volunteer run community music, entertainments, arts and crafts fair. In other words, a hippy-fest. For a free event just up the road, we thought we should go have a nosy. The fair is *packed* with food stalls, retail stalls, rides, activities, performances and demonstrations. There was even a stall of New Zealand products – pounamu and other taonga. […]

27
Jun2011
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As the weather started to get warmer, we started migrating back out to the pubs, many are new, as we endeavor to visit every pub in Cambridge. Let’s continue on with our list then, eh? The first pub here is the Corner House, a popular haunt of the my hockey team after matches. After every game, we’d have a meal and a pint – an English tradition I might have to take home with me. I’m wearing my hockey gear […]

20
Jun2011
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Twice a year, Cambridge has a beer festival. We missed the last one in October, but made the effort to go to the next one, especially since the weather was warmer. It’s a fairly popular festival. Essentially, this festival is a large beer tent with kegs of over 200 real ales and 80 ciders and perries. They give you a booklet to try and choose some, but really, there’s no way to choose. Some of the beers we tried included: […]

11
Jun2011
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While Dad and Mum (aka Barry and Helen) were visiting Cambridge we went and saw the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. The place is a massive complex – it used to be an Air force base. The museum has planes, cars, artillery and guns from most of the wars Britain was involved with. There was also a whole building dedicated to The Blitz, which was very interesting. They had a large selection of planes including b-17, b-52, Concord, and even […]

16
May2011
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So a few weeks ago mum and dad came to visit and they brought us some prezzies from back home. They came with some of their friends, David and Honor, who came up from London to visit us in the second week. I have to say that mum and dad did bring some wonderful weather and we certainly basked in it with a few lunches in the back garden. The plan was that we would stay in Cambridge for the […]

17
Apr2011
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A few weeks ago, Rob and I got a big treat. We had *2* sets of cousins come visit us in a weekend. We were stoked! My cousins Ngarino and Nepia visited first on Saturday. They were over in Europe for a couple of weeks visiting museums and 2 meeting houses (whare nui). We took them around Cambridge, including into Trinity College below. It was a beautiful day, so was certainly nice to show off the city a bit. A […]

30
Mar2011
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We’ve had a full season of both soccer and hockey. We’ve gotten to know a bunch of great people and filled many of our weekends. Good points all round. It was also great that we got to have a run around and not turn into beer drinking slugs at the local pub. We’ve only got 1 or 2 games left for the season. My team is in mid-table obsurity. Rob’s is 3rd or 4th in their grade. Bring on next […]

18
Mar2011
2

There’s this famous street graffiti artist who makes his graffiti out of ceramic tiles. It makes his work quite distinctive and its often photographed and recorded. We haven’t seen any yet, though there is some around London. We were inspired by his work, this artist called Invader, and decided to emulate his style in a mundane application – clocks. First thing was to come up with some designs. Next we get some tiles. This was more challenging than we anticipated. […]

31
Jan2011
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Our pub visiting has been very very quiet over the winter. Typically, once you get home on Friday, you don’t want to venture out into the weather and on Saturday you’ll just go somewhere close. I’m sure we’ll be more adventurous once the weather warms up! One of the nice things my hockey club does is have ‘teas’ after every game. That is, we go to a pub and have some food and drinks after the game. The Earl fo […]

30
Jan2011
1

For the last four years, Rob and I have been living in Australia away from our family and old friends at home. We knew we were only making the distance  further when we moved to the UK too. But one thing has made the move  a little easier – my best friend Mel has made the move to the UK too. So, while Rob was away in China for his work trip, Mel came up (with Paul too!) to hang […]