Some answers…Following the Fellow

How long have you been here?
9 years (since June 2002)

Where do you come from?
London originally (I also spent 7 years on-and-off in Norfolk)

What is your partner doing?
Teaching Shakespeare

In which department is he working?
English Faculty

How old is your child / are your children?
3

Where  do you live?
CB3

Are you going to stay here?
Yes, I hope so (Middle Eastern spitting against the evil eye: “ft-ft-fou!”)

How do you feel about being in Cambridge?
It took me about 8 years to feel this was home and now I can’t really imagine living anywhere else.

Where did you go first?
Just wandered around town (the long way) clutching my map (which I still  use!), with almost daily visits to the charity shops on Grafton Street.

Whom did you meet first?
Fellow’s friends, and then I started making my own by volunteering at Kettle’s  Yard, gatecrashing lectures, yoga, etc. and then eventually through  toddler groups with my daughter, and then her nursery.

Where do you go regularly (alone and with the children)?
Most regularly: Nursery, Hebrew School, Kettle’s Yard, Lammas Land,  Cambridge Library, Parkside Pools, the Post Office (like a lot of  followers!) & shops in town, Coop shop & Aldi on Histon Road,  Coton Garden Centre, the station, Wagamama (& Arts Picturehouse on  my own when I can!)

How do you benefit from Cambridge?
When I  was nostalgic for what I used to be nostalgic for in London, my friend  (from another big city) reminded me how lucky we are to be living in  such a beautiful place full of trees, so green, where we can walk  everywhere, or at least, cycle – and London is really not far away…  & of course, Cambridge can feel like one of the most interesting  places in the world in terms of the people here.

How does Cambridge benefit from you?
I like to think I make a difference to the lives of my friends here with  my obsession with trying to have a sense of community (I think this is  inherited from my mother and grandmother and other follower ancestors).

What (from your country or generally) do you miss in Cambridge?
A sort of liveliness that isn’t easy to define, particularly in regard to the arts.

Are you still in contact with people who left Cambridge. If yes how?
We try to keep in touch by e-mail, but of course, it’s best when we see each other in real life.

How long have you been here?

January 2002-February 2010

Where do you come from?

Originally from Austria, via Israel.

What is your partner doing?

He is an astronomer.

In which department is he working?

While at Cambridge (from 1985-2003) at the Institute from Astronomy.

How old is your child / are your children?

2 years 9 months.

Where do you live?

While in Cambridge, off Milton Road. We left Cambridge in February 2010 (due to birth of our daughter, the end of my maternity leave and the difficulty of commuting to Canterbury where I work).

Are you going to stay here?

No, we left – and my husband followed me to the place where I work.

How do you feel about being in Cambridge?

I liked it a lot, from the very beginning, and it felt privileged to live there.

Where did you go first?

Can’t remember.

Whom did you meet first?

My husband’s colleagues and friends.

Where do you go regularly (alone and with the children)?

My favourite place which I visited very regularly was the UL. For lunch with child(ren) in tow I used to go to Michaelhouse.

How do you benefit from Cambridge? How does Cambridge benefit from you?

The UL was wonderful for my own work. Not sure if Cambridge benefitted from me – perhaps just our immediate neighbours by having a friendly, helpful and considerate neighbour happy to chat over the garden fence?

What (from your country or generally) do you miss in Cambridge?

A nice plat to sit and have a cup of tea in East Chesterton where we lived.

Are you still in contact with people who left Cambridge. If yes how? How
long have you been here?

Yes, I am still in touch with friends who left Cambridge before me. Mostly by email and Facebook but we also try to meet, although this is difficult with a friend who moved to New Zealand!

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