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The London commute


Hello lovely reader, how is your day panning out so far? No doubt there have been ups and downs on a micro, yet highly significant level. Not to worry, we’ve all been there. Have you ever commuted during the rush hour of the busy London underground system of stuffy trains packed with stuffy people? Yep, that’s a real downer.

London is one of those cities which is loved by those who live outside of it’s borders and grudgingly tolerated by those who are trapped within. Why yes, it does have wonderful amenities, beautiful museums and galleries, most are free for the culture seeking public. It’s a lovely place to visit – heck, even I fall back in love with it when I have time to spend roaming the streets of this city. Unfortunately, it can be infuriating to live and work in – thanks to the busy public transport system.

Do you understand the term ‘too close for comfort’? You definitely would if you have ever been smothered by a stranger’s armpit. Sometimes there is not even a millimeter of space between your cheek and a strange suited back. You can’t afford to pull up your slightly loose or ill fitting jeans because the process will lead to you elbowing the person next to you to amplify your unflattering moment. There’s nowhere for you to really look at during the journey – a face is too intimate, a crotch is even moreso – you end up looking desperately at the tube map and surrounding advertising.

There’s nothing quite like a commute through London on the beloved tube. Whereas a tourist may look at the situation with excited eyes, for those of us who have this as a reality of everyday life, our eyes may seem dead in comparison.

It’s truly one of those ‘can’t live with it, can’t live without it’ situations. The service may be infuriating, depressing and uncomfortable but it’s also the quickest way to get to the best bits of London!

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6 thoughts on “The London commute

  1. Everywhere I go I find myself thinking how much better it would be with less people. Imagine going to Yosemite or Disneyland if there was almost no one there… sigh…

  2. I do love London yes, for all it has to offer, but only as a visitor. I don’t think I could live there. The rush hours you write of, I have witnessed. Those armpits you mention, yes I’ve been there too. It’s vile. Especially in the height of summer. The heat and humidity amplifies tempers and it becomes unbearable.

    Nice observations in writing here. But all for its surliness and fast pace, it IS a beautiful and exciting city.

    The grass is always greener, I guess.

    • haha! I’m glad to see people are resonating with the frustration of this post. I think wherever you go on this wonderful planet, if you’re a visitor your response is going to be “awww how cute, it’s just such an adventure, I could do this forever!” – but in reality you’re only there for 2 weeks. Those who reside in the places you visited like an eager tourist end up seeing nothing but chaos and commotion!

      Oh well, we continue to endure it (out of grudging love).

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