Sunday, September 30, 2007

Welcome to Cambridge

Today, Sarah and I made our first visit to the University of Cambridge. The visit was fantastic, which makes this a strange place to mention that I have decided to drop my class for the semester. I have been a bit stressed lately and cannot shake the feeling that I have bitten off a lot more than I can chew given my time constraints on the rest of the year. That seems like a strange thing to declare given how I managed to survive last spring, but this is really where it all counts. I'm still keeping my two distance ed classes through Harvard and am now working overtime on getting my MBA applications ready. I'm also stepping up responsibilities with the Motley Fool (more on that later), taking a more active role in the ONE campaign I founded at Harvard, and putting in more time developing Citadel. Thus, I have a full plate already, and if I'm expecting to hit a new country every weekend for the rest of the year, it is going to be hard staying on top of things at Cambridge (and making the commute from London). I consider the traveling to be more important and more educational than the class on developmental economics, and I'm studying a great deal of clinical economics on my own anyway, so I made the choice to choose travel.

But Cambridge is fantastic. This is a shot inside the King's College chapel (Cambridge University is made up of many smaller colleges on campus that have their own libraries, chapels, etc). This particular one took one hundred years to build and was finished in the mid 1500s. You are looking at the largest fan-vaulted ceiling anywhere in the world. That painting you see way down at the end underneath the organ (with the original oak from the 1500s) is only "The Adoration of the Magi" painted by Rubens himself.

For lunch, we sat at a cafe with a view of King's College, and while it felt a lot like our cafe lunch outside of Notre Dame Cathedral two years ago in Paris, this time no Americans came up to us and asked where they could find a McDonald's.

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