Jenna McKone

Jenna lived in Cambridge for 3 years and tells us why Cambridge is so magical. As well as sharing her favourite photos of Cambridge, Jenna also shares her favourite memories and recommendations.

Tell us about yourself

I'm currently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona as of 3 weeks ago.  I'm originally from Colorado, where I also went to University.  I'm a Photographer and Social Media Manager in the tourism industry, where I'm passionate about capturing and telling the story of a destination through visuals and writing.  I also love to spend time outdoors, travel, pat all the dogs, and drink good wine.

What are you doing with your time at the moment?

By day I’m doing Social Media Marketing for Scottsdale, and in my free time I’m either planning my next adventure and/or shoot. I’m grateful my career path and personal passion aligns relatively well! Like most others, the pandemic has forced me to start focusing on what’s around me rather than what will be round the next bend. But as long as my camera is with me and there’s a way to get outside, I’m happy. When I was freelancing, I focused a lot on my website and blog which showcased my adventures around England, Europe and beyond which really kept me passionate about seeing the world and storytelling in a way that’s unique to me.

What is your connection to Cambridge?

My partner’s job brought us to Cambridge for a short but memorable 3 year period. It will always have a place in my heart!

What is your best memory of Cambridge?

Too many. An Autumn evening punt on the Cam, walking through the city centre on a summer afternoon, picnics on Jesus Green, pub garden hopping (which always included the Maypole), cycling along the river to Grantchester, sunset on Castle Hill, and Christmas dinners at the pub during the holidays.

Who would you like to share a punt with?

Probably Eckhart Tolle. He wrote one of my favourite books on presence (among other things). He’d be the most peaceful punting companion to sit with and encourage me to genuinely immerse myself in the magic of Cambridge.

What is your favourite place to visit in Cambridge?

The bridge right next to Jerwood Library in the Backs. It’s such a beautiful and serene location.

 

Was there anything you discovered about Cambridge that surprised you?

That it’s so much more than a University city. Yes, the Colleges are absolutely stunning and a must-see, but behind the historical architecture lies a lovely way of local life.

What is the one thing in Cambridge that everyone visiting should do?

Punt. If you only have one day, the College tour is a must, but if you have more than one, I love going the Grantchester route, too.

Why should someone visit Cambridge?

Less than an hour train ride from London, you get all the city amenities with an intimate feel. Cycle-friendly, beautiful parks, delicious local pubs, restaurants and cafes, and awe-inspiring architecture. The city is truly magical in every season; I miss it everyday!

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