Sunday morning, I take a train to Cambridge from King’s Cross. It’s the first time I visit the university city.
The city centre is noisy with tourists and has a very distinctive architecture with definite Harry Potter’s vibes. It’s easy to see the influences that the Cambridge’s colleges, buildings and students life inspired the books.
My first destination is the Centre for Computing History. The centre is a great place to try hands-on a varied range of old computers. My two favourites are a Silicon Graphics workstation and an Alien Syndrome arcade machine. In 1991 an SGI workstation was a synonym of state-of-the-art computer graphics. To be able to use one is a unique opportunity. For the Alien Syndrome, I saw one while on vacations in the 80s. As a kid, I didn’t have money to play so I had to settle for watching other kids play. After three decades, I have been able – at last – of playing the game by myself.
After playing a little around with the infamous E.T. video game and other computer relics I leave the centre.
The second place I visit is the Fitzwilliam Museum. I am impressed by the variety of objects on display. The museum is not big, but there are all kinds of objects and paintings. One of the paintings surprises me, and it seems a sort of rare animal drawn in an abstract style. Actually, it is a still life painting by Pablo Picasso by the title of Bowl and Apples.
I move from exhibit to exhibit, from the Egyptian collection to Asian art. It takes me around one hour to finish my tour in the museum. It’s a small place but totally worth a visit if you are in Cambridge.
As I pass by in front of a church, a small object gets my attention. It’s a little door with the devil peeking at the door. Later on, I see a guy knelled in the ground taking pictures of something. As I approach, I discover what the objective of his camera is. It is a small, teleport machine. I have some small talk, and I discover that there are other street art installations around the city like these. Once home, a Google search finds that the art group Dinky Doors are behind the stunt. It’s a welcome surprise to find such a thing in a city.
I start to head back to the train station in misty rain. It takes an hour from Cambridge station to King’s Cross or as shown in the screens “London Kings X”.