Today we speak to Josh Kian of www.veggievagabonds.com about his hometown Cambride in the UK. Josh runs The Veggie Vagabonds with his partner and their focus is on sustainable travel, ethical eating and green living. The feature lots of alternative travel information alongside delicious vegan recipes inspired by their travels.
What you can expect from this article...
- 1 Where do you live?
- 2 Tell us about yourself?
- 3 What is your favourite thing about Cambridge?
- 4 What is your favourite thing to do in Cambridge with a day off?
- 5 What in your opinion is the one thing you can’t miss when you visit Cambridge?
- 6 Any top tips where to go/ what to do on a rainy day?
- 7 Where is your go-to restaurant?
- 8 And where do you suggest going for a drink in the evening?
- 9 Is there one thing not many people know about Cambridge?
Where do you live?
Cambridge in the UK!
Tell us about yourself?
At heart I’m a traveller, I love to be on the road exploring, however, Cambridge will always be my home! At the moment my time’s split between running my website with my partner, teaching English and working in a cafe. If I’m not working I’ll be munching on some vegan food, taking some snaps or boxing in the evenings!
What is your favourite thing about Cambridge?
Cambridge never changes. The cobbled streets and the 800-year-old university buildings are timeless. It gives it an incredibly homely feel, knowing you can leave and when you come back it’ll be just as you left it. Also, it’s a great place to jump on your bike! All the streets are cycle friendly and you can’t beat pedalling along the riverside on a nice summers evening!
What is your favourite thing to do in Cambridge with a day off?
A perfect day off in Cambridge would start with a run through the woods next to my house in the morning. Then I’d take a punt (a long narrow boat famous to Cambridge) with some friends and float along the river all day with some good food and wine. Later on, it would definitely be a BBQ on the banks of the river and later to a nice cosy pub!
What in your opinion is the one thing you can’t miss when you visit Cambridge?
Cambridge is all about punting! The River Camb runs right through the heart of the city and all the ancient Cambridge University buildings are dotted along its banks. You can hire the boat yourself or have a chauffeur push you along and give you a guided tour. The surroundings are breathtaking and you’ll hear some very amusing stories about the history! The river is the physical and cultural heart of Cambridge so you can’t get a proper understanding of the city without paying it a visit!
Any top tips where to go/ what to do on a rainy day?
This is England. We have to deal with a lot of rain! If you like pubs then you’re definitely in the right place. Cambridge has more pubs than houses…nearly. The Eagle is a great place to start, right in the centre of the city the 16th-century pub is filled with locals, character and great food and drinks. For the history buffs, there’s also some fantastic museums and university buildings (check out the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Wren Library).
Where is your go-to restaurant?
It may seem biased but it’s definitely Stem + Glory, the place I work. It’s an independent vegan cafe open for breakfast and lunch – the menus are created by a really passionate chef so everything is healthy and delicious. There’s a buffet service where you get a selection of world-inspired food which changes each week. (We also make a mean turmeric latte, so come pay us a visit 😉 )
And where do you suggest going for a drink in the evening?
If you haven’t been able to tell already, we’re pretty fond of our river! When the weather is nice, take a blanket and a picnic down to The Millpond and sit along the banks of the river. If the skies are grey then The Kingston is a great backstreet pub with a nice selection of ales. Two pints of Jaipur and a packet of dry roast peanuts please!
Is there one thing not many people know about Cambridge?
Cambridge University has some seriously impressive alumni, but Stephen Hawkings the cream of the crop. He has spent years lecturing at Cambridge University and you’ll occasionally see him around the colleges in town!
If you’d like to know more about Josh’s travels or to try out one of his recipes, you can follow him at www.veggievagabonds.com
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As always, I love hearing from you! Have you been to Cambridge and punted down the river yourself? Or perhaps you are planning a trip there soon?!