Cambridge chilly corners

HappyThis Spring I went back to England, this time I went with my dear friend Han to Cambridge. It is hard to explain what these visits mean to me, there is a lot of emotion involved.

I like England, it was the first place in young adulthood where I felt at peace with myself for a while and found friends.

I like Cambridge in the first place for the memories of a nice church with lovely people, I used to attend the Sunday services regularly in those days I lived in England. When I close my eyes I can still follow the roads where I went on my pushbike to church, from the railway station to the Blossom Trees in that cul-de-sac called Cockcroft Place.

I like Cambridge now for another surprising reason too and it gives me goose bumps every time I visit the city centre.

There is a strange power attracting me to the places in the city where the sun rarely comes and I just have to stand there and stareĀ into the darker corners around the ancient buildings for a while.

It is almost as if I am only then connected to the past of Cambridge and it makes me long for peace again in my heart. I love that feeling, being utterly alone but with plenty people around me not to be completely lost. I hope I have described my feelings well and you understand. In a city that I love. Cambridge.





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Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.

This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.
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