Bottisham is My Home
My ancestors came from Bottisham; a small town in the city of Cambridge in England. As a matter of fact, I have always been curious about this place. I have some long distant relatives there. He thought of visiting them and seeing how they are one thing that I made sure I lived through. However, I decided to pay this place a visit not just for my relatives. But to see where it is that I am actually from and what my ancestors were running away from.
It is a small town with a population of just about 2000. So maybe they just got bored with the place at hat time. I made arrangements and in no time, I was on a flight to London and then en route to Bottisham on a bus. England is a majestic place filled with so much history. Along with a lot of stuff from the past that is just beautiful. It gives the place a sense of pride that I doubt you can find anywhere else in the world.
Seeing all the famous monuments while I was on the bus
However, I surely thought that the same awaited me in Bottisham. But little did I know that I was wrong. I had expected to find a place beaming with activity; as well as lots of fascinating historical sites that will keep me occupied for the few days that I was going to be there.
Moreover, I was well received and the next day, a cousin of mine got to show me around the town. There is this church that was built back in the 15th century; and this is just one amazing thing that totally catches the eye of anyone that comes to this place. The church stands tall and majestic above most buildings in the town and it is strategically positioned to make anyone feel welcome. It also has its wonders inside as it houses the tomb of one of the most just judges in the time of King Edward I.
Nonetheless, it is said that this is the only judge that was acquainted of any crime during that era; and it is an honor just standing in front of where he was buried. It also has its other attractions. But that is the best part of that church, and the fact that it is so old; defies logic is why it is just brilliant to look at it. I got to take a few pictures that am sure are going to be the only thing that people look at when I get back home.
The day after that in Bottisham
I got to visit one of the first colleges that were started in that town, and it began in 1930. It is an excellent institution now boasting of a lot of students; as well as modern facilities. Seeing it just kind of makes you feel like this is the place that you belong and you wish that your ancestors hadn’t crossed the seas to go to America to look for other life there.
Despite the dullness of the place, there is some absolute peace that you find here and the people just make you feel so welcomed. Going around town with my cousin and almost everyone recognized him; and we had to stop to say hi more than I was used to; back in New York. It is an experience that surely made me feel at home.
I never wanted to leave this serene, quiet and peaceful place
We got to play some soccer in the local sports center. This was one of the experiences that were just amazing in this place. Just a football game brings together almost the whole town to watch. You’d be amazed to see all the kids that are really good at this sport. On the day of leaving, I had actually made a few friends; and I know that for sure I will be coming back to this place more often. It is just fantastic.
The people, the food as well as the history is just rich to actually make you feel welcome. Also, to see the kind of hospitality that these people have. This was one of those trips that you come out of a changed man. Nothing will ever take that away from you thanks to Bottisham.
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