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!