Cambridge, UK, United Kingdom
Declan, 23
Languages Student, Trinity College
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a bit about Declan

What do you do and why do you do it?

I study French and Italian at the university, because I think that speaking a foreign language is such an amazing skill to have. I've just spent a year living in Paris, which was great, but I'm looking forward to coming back to Cambridge.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Elliott Smith's album 'Either/Or' on repeat is a classic choice. Or if I want to recede back into my 16 year old self, American Football's self-titled album, which has song titles like 'But the Regrets Are Killing Me'. And maybe a bit of thrash metal just to shake things up a bit.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I'm a big fan of comedies like The Office and Parks and Recreation, but I think the best TV show ever just has to be Breaking Bad. It's an obvious choice, but only because it's so good!

Name some spots in Cambridge that are good for a Tinder date.

I'm not going to lie, I've never used Tinder in Cambridge, but if I did, I'd probably head to a charming pub by the river like the Granta or the Mill. Or if you're up for a cultured evening, perhaps a show at the ADC Theatre?

Who’s your hero and where in Cambridge would you take them out for a serious hang?

Do fictional characters count? I'd take Frank Reynolds from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' to Spoons and see what kind of madness would ensue.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I buy a lot of music t-shirts from bands' websites, along with retro patterned shirts from vintage shops. My Mum buys my pants from Matalan I think. I'm a real adult.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Any of the college sports fields. I'm not the most athletic man...

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I'm from the countryside, and I miss being able to just wander out into the fields and feel completely away from urban life. There's Grantchester Meadows nearby, but you rarely get a chance to go that far during term time; Cambridge is pretty hectic.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Cambridge and where did you get it?

In my first week, we got served a five course meal in the college's Great Hall, with two different vintage wines and a port from 1985. It's probably going to be hard to top that...

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Cambridge that you particularly like?

Not technically a bar, but my friend Callum has a drinks cabinet in his room, which is probably the most niche and hidden you can get. I always feel 100% classier than I actually am.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Cambridge? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I tend to avoid expensive restaurants by virtue of being a student. I once accidentally ordered two pints of beer at the Maypole instead of one and felt too awkward to say anything about it, that cost me about £11.

What restaurant in Cambridge looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

From the outside, Stem and Glory looks like a rundown low-budget gym next to an old Office Supply shop, but the food is absolutely delicious (and very healthy too!). Conversely, McDonalds in Cambridge is on a very posh and fancy street, whereas the food is... well... McDonalds...

Where can you get the best cocktail in Cambridge? Which one do you like?

Novi on Regent Street does some really great cocktails. I love the fruity ones and I'm not ashamed to admit it. And they're opening their new roof terrace this summer, which I'm excited to see!

Where would you take your partner in Cambridge if you wanted to really pamper them?

There's this restaurant called Midsummer House, which is absurdly upmarket, so probably there. If I was trying to be ironic and funny I'd take them to Van of Life, every student's favourite late-night fast food place.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Get yourself some classic English sweeties like Parma Violets or a Dip Dab. Dreadfully unhealthy, but that's part of the fun, like smoking or the Oedipus complex.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Cambridge?

The Corpus Clock is pretty cool in passing, but I will never understand how it always has such a massive crowd outside it. It's just a massive clock in a vacuum with a weird mechanical insect on top it. Wait, actually that does sound pretty cool.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Cambridge?

The colleges up on the hill like Fitzwilliam and Murray Edwards - their architecture may not be as typically stunning as some of the central colleges, but the atmosphere is welcoming and unpretentious. Plus they're closer to Aldi, so you can make those mad #savings when you go shopping.

What are the Cambridge spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

King's College Chapel and Trinity Great Court are both unmissable.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Cambridge. How do you spend it?

Gather a group of friends, hire a punt, drink a lot of sparkling wine, have a picnic and reminisce. Although if that happened tomorrow I'd be very confused considering I still have an entire year of my degree left.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Florence is a beautiful place, full of culture, incredible architecture, and, most importantly, delicious food. I'm a fan of pretty much any Italian city!

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