Today I decided that a solo adventure needed to happen, so I purchased tickets to visit the town of Cambridge. I started with a quick visit to King’s College to attend mass service (read here), and after attending mass I decided to pay the entrance fee for two colleges. This blog post is dedicated to my visit at St. John’s College.
The college, according to Wikipedia, is a constituent of the University of Cambridge – and founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort. It’s full name is actually “The Master, Fellows and Scholars of the College of St John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge“, and it was established by Charter date 9 April 1511.
The college is known for, among other things, academic excellence, its choir, and its yearly May Ball – a ball that happens at the end of the year at any of the colleges of the University of Cambridge. Again, according to Wikipedia, May Ball is a formal affair, “requiring evening dress, with ticket prices of around £65 (for ‘June Events’) to £215 (Magdalene May Ball, which is white tie), with some colleges selling tickets only in pairs. The balls are held in the college gardens, lasting from around 6-9 p.m. until well after dawn, with some colleges offering rides in balloons when the ball ends, and even breakfast in Paris, or, more traditionally, punting to Grantchester. ‘Survivors photographs’ are taken of those who last until morning.”
The college was beautiful and it was really cool to see students just wandering around, going about their day – as if crowds of tourists with large cameras snapping photos of everything were a normal part of their day. But hey, if my college was as old and as architecturally beautiful as St. John’s, I’d probably be used to it to!
After a wonderful visit to St. John’s, it was time to find my way to the Bridge of Sighs!