Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Lolling about in Cambridge

Quiet day today. Spent some time trying to confirm details of a long stay visa for France or Spain. None of the email addresses for Spanish consulates in Australia work, and the London consulate will only see UK nationals. Appears to be a similar situation with French consulate, and they state that minimum processing time for a tourist visa after an interview is 2 months!!

Returned to Cambridge for a quieter day without weekend tourists. Spent a good chunk of time absorbed in David Mitchell's wondrous book Cloud Atlas, while sitting by the river. Some bargemen on the other side quizzed me loudly about Bondi's details, but he zzzzzzed through most of it. A passing black swan had a hook piercing its beak with river weed hanging off it, and a three way conversation about how to extract it triangulated between a punt of tourists, an Australian puntsman on the shore, and myself. I suggested contacting the Queen since she owns them.

Rounded out the day with a kilometre of swimming laps at a Cambridge gym.

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