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by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
September 8, 2010
From journal Back to the Backs
Cambridge, United Kingdom
July 26, 2003
There are two directions to punt--past the 'backs' passing Kings College and the busiest part of the river, or up to Granchester Meadow, which is quieter and I think more pleasant.
From journal Cambridge
New Delhi, India
September 9, 2002
Rest assured, this is not a daily occurrence if you’re going punting. We did, and nobody shoved stones- fake or otherwise- down on us. Three of us- me, my husband and a friend of ours- hired a punt- a neat, comfortable little boat with a flat `stage’ at the end for the punter to stand on- for £10 an hour and spent a most enjoyable 60 minutes exploring the river. (The £10 was for punting ourselves; hiring a student punter to do your punting for you costs about three times that amount).
My husband and our friend took quite some time learning the ropes- punting isn’t as easy as it looks, and the ride out took a helluva long time, with the punt drifting about from bank to bank with gay abandon. Getting used to it takes a while, but after some time we got the hang of it.
The ride's wonderful- the river flowing between grassy banks, with willows drooping low over the water, and the towering, majestic buildings of the colleges further away from the Cam. All along the river are a series of bridges, and our ride took us below six of them, including the famous Mathematical Bridge, a self-supporting wooden structure, constructed without the use of even a single nail, originally said to have been built by either Sir Isaac Newton or one of his students. Nobody seems sure which, though the latter seems more likely.
From journal Cambridge: Colleges and more