Doing some Punting with Scudamore’s in Cambridge

During our recent visit to Cambridge, Scudamore’s, the city’s oldest and largest punting operator very kindly invited us to three hours of self-punting (£90). Punts are little gondolas steered and propelled with a stick (a so-called punting pole). Initially they were used to transport goods like food from A to B on the river Cam. Nowadays it’s one of the best outdoor activities in Cambridge and hugely popular with visitors to this small university town (125,000 residents). I had been doing some punting in Oxford 7 years ago and felt relatively confident I could pull it off again. Little did I know how busy it was going to be on the tiny stream.    We were joined by two friends from London on our six-seater (the self-hire punts are half the size of the twelve-seater chauffeured ones). While I had already taken my position as chauffeur and the rest of […]

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Jetski Safari in Poole – Proper Adrenaline Rush

During Ms B’s and my recent weekend stay at the New Forest, we only spent the first day (and night) in the New Forest, and took the train to Poole on the following day, because we had booked ourselves into a jetski adventure with Jetski Safaris. We had initially planned on doing the jetski ride together, but the water outside the harbour area was partially fairly rough that morning and many of the activities on offer had already been cancelled, so Ms B gave it a miss and did a cake and muffin safari instead. The instruction video was followed by a few more bits of guidance from our instructor, and then we were on our way walking the 5mins from the boat shack to the jetskis. I was slightly nervous, because it had been so long since I last rode a jetski (in the Maldives in 2010, where the […]

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My Marvel Comic Experience – Jetlev in Wyboston

Today I did what I was planning on doing for a long time. I took a ride with a Jetlev. In this case: with Ride Leisure at Wyboston, near Bedford (and about 30mins by car from Cambridge, which is 50mins by train from London). My instructor, Malcolm, greeted me upon arrival and as soon as I got myself into one of their wetsuits, we walked the few metres over to the lake. The safety briefing and training took the best of fifteen minutes, and off I went, jumping into the water with the jetpack attached to my body.          I’m a solid swimmer, but it did feel strange jumping into deep water (your feet can’t touch the ground) with heavy gear attached to your back. However, Malcolm’s calm, reassuring manner and the training made me feel somewhat ok with this idea. You take a big forward leap, downward-facing, […]

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Finally – My first Balloon Ride (with Adventure Balloons)

Ms B had been bothering me by going on and on about how awesome her ride on a hot air balloon through the Valley of Kings during her trip to Egypt in 2005 had been (and admittedly that must have been fabulous, judging from the pictures, with all the pyramids and things). So today, while Ms B went on with her business, doing some lawyering in Canary Wharf, and with me being ‘between jobs’ (my next assignment will only start in a few weeks’ time, again abroad in Germany), I got up real early, 4:15am to be precise, sat myself in a rental car I had hired the night before by 4:45am, and drove to the launch site in Hampshire, 1h30m drive away from home. Due to a couple of bad turns (despite the Tom Tom, I know, inexcusable! I’m not a human lifeform before 8am, more like a mix […]

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Shake Shack, Victoria – Awesome Burger and Shake

Ms B and I are currently planning our next visit to one of our favourite cities on this planet: New York City. This is how we ended up researching the best burgers in town and were hugely surprised that several of the 23 NYC Shake Shacks make it into some of the most widely-referenced top 50 lists, some even into the top 20, for example The Infatuation (at #10). How is it possible that some fast food chain whose Double Shack Burger with Cheese costs $8.09 gives the $33 Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern or the $36 21 Club’s ’21 Burger’ a run for their money?    We like the story behind Shake Shack, how for the first three years it was just a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, before setting up properly at a permanent kiosk there in 2004. Long story short. We decided to visit […]

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