I'd been promising Selvan I'd show him around Cambridge for a long while and a day came when we were both free to meet. Good fortune had it that Tim was keen to do something that day too and once we were in Cambridge I managed to get Zahari to pop out to join us too. After meeting we had a wander around town and then a look around King's College.
After seeing just about everything there was for tourists to see of the college we found our selves standing on a bridge thinking what to do next and watching people on punts crashing into each other. We all agreed we had to have a go.
I took the guys to a punting place down the river where you could get a boat without being accompanied. Frankly the boat looked very small for four grown men, but after seeing others doing it I thought we were going to be quick learners and find it very easy. It was in fact very difficult and really hard work. Actually pushing and steering the punt with the pole (I'm sure there is technical term, but pole will do) was second in difficulty only to changing drivers. The boat had no stability and any imbalance of weight quickly started the boat to roll. This meant that squeezing past each other was something of a group acrobatic feat. Tim was convinced that my lumbering, brute force and ignorance approach to punting was only going to end in my submergence, but despite coming close I, like all the others, remained inside the boat.
We then decided the best way to finish off a civilised day in Cambridge was to go bowling and get some fast food. In the end, even though it was probably a good idea to call it a day, Tim and I decided to go see UP:3D at the cinema, whilst Selvan and Zahari sensibly made their way home. Extending the day was not regrettable though, it turned out the film was good and the 3D was well worth seeing.