Nearly a week and a half ago now (I know, I'm a slacker... I prefer the term "procrastinator" though, because hey, I'm getting it done aren't I?), I went to Cambridge. The Globe actually has a few touring companies, one of which is King Lear, and they were doing their last outdoor performances in the Master's Garden of the Corpus Christi College at Cambridge. So, of course, with the weather being so nice in England as of late, I booked myself a train ticket and spent the day in Cambridge.
I arrived around noon, and spent a little time walking around the market in the square and along the shop lined streets near the garden where Lear was performing, and popped in to grab some quiche and salad for a picnic lunch while I watched the show from the lawn of the garden. When I went in to get lunch though, after I had ordered take away and sat to wait, I thought it would be a good idea to use the loo there before the three hour show. I went back up to the counter and as I opened my mouth to ask where the toilets were, before I could even get any sound out, the guy was like "down the stairs and to the right". I replied with "sorry?" and he said "the restrooms". Now it kind of seems stupid and pointless that I'm telling this story, but the point is that I thought it was funny that 1) he knew what I was going to ask, but more specifically, 2) that he said "restrooms". They don't say that here. The term "restroom" is incredibly particular to America, and here they say "toilets" or "loo". So I thought it funny that he knew I was American and adjusted the lingo accordingly.
Well, I walked. And walked and walked. In no particular direction but where my camera lens decided to take me. And it took me to a gated, shady, green-tinted, absolutely gorgeous entrance into the University of Cambridge. I walked down the long drive to the bridge over a lazy river, where students operated gondolas for people to take a ride in. The sun was out, the river was sparkling blue, and trees a nice healthy, leafy green - it actually felt a lot like the University of Washington: British Edition.