Most of my travels are in Central America; if that's the blog you're looking for, here it is: Hopefulist in Latin America.

This is the blog for photos and reflections of my visits to other places, beginning in 2013. Previous blogs are linked on the main pages of my photo collections on flickr.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Saturday, July 20th was graduation day for Isaac. It was a very traditional ceremony dating back hundreds of years held in the beautiful Cambridge University Senate House. We watched as masters and doctoral candidates from King's College received their degrees, followed by members of Trinity College; there are 31 colleges in all and degrees were conferred in groups throughout the day, beginning with King's and Trinity.

We rode bikes into, around, and outside of town every day. Here we are in our dress clothes locking them up prior to Isaac's graduation.



Photos weren't allowed inside Senate House, another elegant Cambridge venue, this 1 completed in 1730. Isaac will receive his official diploma later but received this document at the day of graduation.

We gathered outside after the ceremony with some of Isaac's friends.

Looks like they stepped out of a Harry Potter story - Isaac, Nick, and Ben.

Silly poses - Isaac and Nick.


Leading the way to a café.


There was also a reception on 1 of the lawns at King's, a treat since generally only the fellows (professors) are allowed on the grass. Next came a really elegant luncheon at King's Hall.


Can you see the hidden doors? They lead to the fellows room.

Mariah and I went shopping for gifts and souvenirs. Here's what we got (the photo, not the hats).

This is the ornate main gate of St. John's College. We ran into Sarah, another friend of Isaac's, who attends St. John's and she offered to take us on a private tour which included climbing the narrow spiral steps to the top of St. John's Tower, the highest point in Cambridge.


Sarah had to hand over her St. John's member card to obtain the key to the tower.

Nice fit!

Nice gargoyles!

Nice views!

That is King's Chapel in the background.


(I will insert some hilarious jumping photos here when I get them from Sarah.)



Heading back down

Looks to me like Mariah and Greg are royalty.

Nick took us out for drinks before dinner,

then we headed to St. John's Chop House. We adopted Nick (Belgian by birth but raised in The Netherlands) since his parents were unable to attend.


How they served the beer


Congratulations, Isaac and friends! Happy trails!


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