Today has been lovely - we managed to get to Cambridge without a hitch, and even found our way to the hotel with only a little help needed (thank you to the bus driver who let us know when we were getting to our stop!), which is amazing since we've never been to Cambridge before!
After we'd checked in, we set out to explore the city that we'd arrived in. It's a truly beautiful city, with lots of rowing teams and boats on the river, and some truly beautiful architecture. There are also 4 mosques, which is very attractive to me as a practising Muslim, and lots of lovely shops and restaurants. It even has a Ted Baker shop! I have yet to find the Muslim community but I've only been here for an afternoon ... and Cambridge is a big city! Lots of churches, though - you can't move for them! We also saw Cambridge University, which isn't as impressive as everyone thinks it is. Trust me, it's just like any other university.
Our hotel ... well, it's basic to say the least. It's not that warm, the bathroom is essentially a broom cupboard, the TV is on top of the wardrobe near the ceiling and the wardrobe is absolutely miniscule. Still, it is enough for this evening and that's all that matters. After all, we only need to have a bed and a sink in order to live, which is absolutely fine (although next time I think we'll go for a Premier Inn!).
I found that Cambridge seems to really suit me - I can find my way around it easily, and using the buses hasn't proved that difficult either! Hopefully one day soon I can move here with Jonathan and we can start afresh. I will miss my friends in Norwich, but I will try to keep in touch with them and I know that they are all my brothers and sisters in Islam. I have yet to tell my parents that I am a practising Muslim, but Allah will tell me when the right time arrives.
Tomorrow I have my Masters in Music Therapy interview, so please keep me in your prayers. This course would allow me to qualify as a music therapist and to help people. I know that music is not normally encouraged, but I have prayed about it and I feel that the good outweighs the bad, as I will be using music to help people express their feelings and overcome any barriers that they have, physical, mental or emotional. It is my belief that if Allah meant me not to do this, He would have done something to stop me or would have shown me a sign as He did with my teaching aspirations.
I will take more pictures of Cambridge tomorrow and there will hopefully be one of Anglia Ruskin, which insha'Allah I can call my home someday soon!
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