Posts tagged ‘Architecture’

February 21, 2012


I haven’t had internet or 6 days! :O
Shocking I know, but last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, budding Oxbridge candidates from Forest School went to visit  both Cambridge and Oxford universities, for tours, to look around colleges and to see what life would be like if we were to attend.

I think it is fair to say that for many of us, the dream of attending such prestigious colleges are merely what we would like and not necessarily what will happen. However, this didn’t subtract from our trip to two truly stunning cities.

In summary:
Cambridge was a tiny city, more so a large town and I felt I knew my way round after 5 hours spent there. Nevertheless, it was a stunning city. It looks just as pretty as it does in the pictures with a winding river through the centre.









Oxford on the other hand was a mixture of a picturesque and modern city which created quite a bizarre world. We were walking down a road and on one side would be a building, several hundred of years old, and on the other side would be a giant glass and metal structure. However it was still somewhere I would only dream of being in 2 years.

Over-all it was a pleasant experience and I can only hope that I will be at either place when I finish school.

Oh and thanks to: Bella, Velma, Ant, Ed, Will and Josh who were there for me and cheered me up when I was very poorly in Oxford. Much love to you all xoxo

February 2, 2012

Round The Corner, Cambridge

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Round The Corner, Cambridge.

via Round The Corner, Cambridge.

July 5, 2011

Home from Duke of Edinburgh

This weekend I went on my silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition. We went to Brecon Beacon in South Wales, which was absolutely stunning. For those of you who don’t know, Duke of Edinburgh is an award scheme which has three levels: bronze, silver and gold. I applied for bronze at school, but wasn’t excepted. People dropped out of bronze, so I complained to the school. They allowed me to apply for the silver.

The silver expedition consists of 3 days of 16-17km walked each day with 2 nights of camping. All meals, clothes and camping equipment must be carried on our backs. The Brecon Beacon is a mountain range so this task was incredibly difficult. I had an amazing group of 6 others: 2 girls and 4 guys, who helped me so much and got me through the weekend.

We left school on Friday at midday and due to the fact that we had to travel the day before, we had to cook an extra meal and camp an extra night. Although this was annoying, there was far worse to come. The weather was beautiful and to our advantage, the rain stayed away.

Saturday morning, we went through our routes and got on our way. The first day of walking is always difficult due to the lack of exercise we had all done during exams. Flats and down hill walks were manageable, but the climbs were exhausting. Sunday however was easier. We had obtained pain from the day before, but we were in the swing of walking. Some of the many injuries I have acquired are: bruised hips and shoulders due to my rucksack, nettle stings, midge bites, cuts from overgrown thorn bushes and pulled muscles.

Sunday’s walk ended quickly, as we hadn’t got lost at all so far. We arrived at our camp site which was also a caravan site before half 3 in the afternoon, which we shared we another DofE group from school, a DofE group from another school and some caravanners. This is particularly early as not many groups return to camp before at least 5pm.

We relaxed for an hour, laid in the sun, then put up our tents, but it was still too early to make dinner. We decided to play piggie in the middle with a ball we found lying around. We made two teams of 3 and 4 piggies. It was so much fun, and we were all glad we played. But things started to get serious and we made the piggies put on bibs and the contact started. I got hit and punched by both girls and guys; I even pushed a guy in my DofE group in a thorn bush (He’s okay, just a few cuts; I apologised.)

With our last night of camping over, Monday arrived with the joys of going home. We had to walk 16km before we could get on our minibus back to London. Despite this, we still had to climb Sugar Loaf Mountain, 596m above sea level. We stuck as a group and got to the top of this mountain with sheer determination and thoughts of the Burger King on the way home. We arrived at the finishing point 3 hours early, and left for London at 5pm.

I am so proud of myself and my group, and am so grateful for them helping me through the weekend.

I also crossed a bridge on the way to and from Wales… The Second Severn Crossing on the M4. It is a great bridge and the views from it are divine.

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May 31, 2011

Obsession with Bridges

As I have mentioned before, I have a bucket list ( and recently I have added the following…
42. To cross the following bridges: Gateshead Millennium, London
43. Millau Viaduct, Southern France
44. Magdeburg Water, Germany
45. Oresund, Copenhagen, Denmark and Sweden
46. Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam, Netherlands
47. Bosphorus, Istanbul
48. Golden Gate, San Francisco
49. Coronado, San Diego
50. Sydney Harbour, Australia
51. Kintai, Japan
52. Akashi-Kaikyo, Japan
53. Hangzhou Bay, China
54. Tsing Ma, Hong Kong
55. Fehmarn Belt, Baltic Sea, German and Denmark (when completed in 2018)

I have a fetish for amazing architecture!

Some of the bridges above are just world-class:

 Golden Gate Bridge

 Coronado Bridge

Some are just so clever…

 Magdeburg Water Bridge

 Hangzhou Bay Bridge

But some are just absolutely stunning…

 Millau Viaduct Bridge

 Kintai Bridge

Although not all the best bridges are on my list of things to do before I die, the following may be a good place to start:
Gateshead Millennium, Humber Estuary and the Second Severn Crossing.

I shall keep you posted with how I get on.