Now that you are updated on all our travels we can update you on Cambridge.
Cambridge is the ultimate college town. The colleges are the most important things in town and own most of town. Cambridge has a total of 31 colleges spread through out the city. Each college has their own separate campus. Lyndon is a member of Downing College. He chose Downing for its law tradition and the classical architecture. The greatest legal historian of all time, Maitland, was a scholar of Downing. It is right in the heart of Cambridge with close access to everything. Lyndon's favorite building is the library but he loves that the chapel is in the center of campus. The campus is wide open so it makes you feel like you are on an estate out in the country side. Their symbol is the griffin (Gryffindor!) and their colors are black and magenta.
St. Paul's Cathedral. Wren's epic masterpiece.
So far we have mostly been settling in. We live in a building that is only for international students. Our flat is not to far from Downing which is great. There is a great diversity of nationalities in our building. We are the only Americans. It is fun to talk to the other tenants and hear about where they are from and what they are studying. Our wardens are the nicest people. There is a great atmosphere and everyone is really nice. There usually is one activity a week that everyone is invited too. So far we have attended a movie night and a meet and greet.
Lyndon is doing his MPhil in Old English. His official program is called Anglo-Saxon Norse Celtic Studies (ASNC). His area of emphasis is Old English specifically legal texts from 950 to 1050 A.D. Right now he is taking two classes: Latin and Anglo-Saxon History. He is also auditing a rhetoric class. Today Lyndon is going to matriculate. Matriculation is the opening ceremony for the academic year. It involves taking a picture with the other grad students and signing his name in the official annals of Downing College. Very exciting!
This past weekend we went to London. It was my first time actually getting to see London. Up until then I had only see the train stations and the airports. We started at Buckingham Palace. It was amazing! They did not have a change of the guard scheduled that day so we did not get to see the guys in the funky hats. We walked down to West Minster Abby. There was a statue of Abraham Lincoln close to it. Then from there we walked to Big Ben and the Parliament buildings. I enjoyed seeing that land mark. We saw St. Paul's Cathedral. The architecture is absolutely amazing! We walked down by the Eye of London and the Globe. We will go see a play there soon. We met up with friends from BYU, Peter, Tim, and Brian, and saw the Imperial War Memorial Museum. We took a bus from London to Cambridge that evening. As we were leaving London we passed the Tower of London and London Bridge. We were able to see everything we wanted to see that day and made mental notes of what we wanted to do next London trip.
Everything is going well so far. Lyndon is getting into his classes and I am kind of getting to know Cambridge better. We have been going running and that helps me familiarize myself with the city.