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Peering Into The Future

I got some information from Cambridge yesterday, and now I'm pretty sure that whatever accommodation the College finds for me will probably have at least a bit of a kitchen. Phew! I wouldn't want to be without the ability to cook for myself. It's not just the food, it's the therapy of doing something concrete after a day of academia.

I'm also told that the College has two wine cellars from which Fellows can purchase wine, and there is a Food and Wine Steward to help you choose. There's also apparently a portion of the Fellows' Cellar set aside for storage of the Fellows' own personal wine, with a butler to help you figure it out! A step up from my current wine storage system, which is sticking the bottles on top of the fridge. (I may end up keeping at least one bottle on top of the fridge anyway, just in case I really really want a glass without going down into the Fellows' Cellar.)

Cooking does mean grocery shopping, of course. There seem to be a couple of grocery stores around central Cambridge, so that'll work out.

Question for People Who Know: Is there a difference between Waitrose and Sainsbury's? Which one is better?

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dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 5th, 2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's taking wine seriously! And rightly so.

We don't have either of those supermarkets here but I have some notion Waitrose is fancier. Someone might correct me. There might be a Tesco. But a Tesco Express will be a little more expensive.
frenchpony
Apr. 5th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I think there is at least one Tesco in Cambridge, but it's much farther away from Corpus than either the Waitrose or the Sainsbury's. I guess I can compare prices when I arrive, and it wouldn't be the end of the world to overpay for the first grocery shop -- I will be making money from this fellowship, after all.

I also think I'm really going to enjoy being shown around the place. All the interesting and hilarious bits they describe in the information packet, including the wine cellars.
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 6th, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
Well, if you have no major calls on your income, then I would definitely be spending it on food, wine and seeing your new country :-D
frenchpony
Apr. 6th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
Seeing the country is definitely going to happen! Partly, it will be work -- most non-Orthodox synagogues are near London, but there are a few scattered all over the place, including Wales and Scotland. And partly, it will be fun. I'll be there in time to go to the UK Sacred Harp convention in Sheffield in September, and I can finally make it to the Ireland Convention in March!

And besides, you and I have to visit, either in your country or in my new one.
dawtheminstrel
Apr. 5th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about the stores, but this planning sounds like so much fun.
frenchpony
Apr. 5th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
That's why I figure that I'd like to be there a month before term starts. I want that month to be able to just enjoy the sensation of being in Cambridge, and do a bit of exploring (as well as re-learn the fine art of crossing the street). And I'm going to learn how to punt, which will probably be easiest in September, after the tourists have gone home, but before the students arrive.
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