The Cambridge University Botanical Garden hosted an Apple Day a few weekends ago. It was a huge festival featuring apple tasting, apple juices and ciders, food trucks, other small wares, and more. For a 3 pound entry, we got to taste probably 30 different varieties of apples and get free samples of juices and ciders. I didn’t know so many different types of apples even existed! Some apples tasted more nutty, some had strawberry hints, some tasted like plums…there were so many different types.
I’d also never been in the Botanical Garden before, so it was cool to check out the garden. However, most of the plants weren’t flowering since it’s near winter.
The line for apple tasting was crazy! It probably took us 20 minutes to get through the line, but it was definitely worth it. All of the apples had their own names and descriptions; it was really fun and interesting to read all of them, taste them, and marvel that they were actually very accurate. The photo I have below doesn’t have an exciting description, but some examples were ‘foreign’ (like from outer space, the apple’s name was something like Jupiter), ‘nutty’, or ‘will not disappoint’ and others like those.
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.