Two Weeks and Transportation

 

NOT as in two weeks NOTICE, sorry for any confusion.

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This is the end of my second full week living here. So far I have enjoyed myself. I can’t help but wonder at the feeling that I’ve been here for so much longer. Even my co-worker, Jordan, said he feels like it’s been so much longer than a week and a half since I started. I don’t know if I am just comfortable, or if London is just welcoming.

I am slightly sad about not being able to do much after work. By the time I get out, walk home, etc. the sun is already setting and I am already pooped. Also, as I have mentioned before, everything seems to shut down early around here. I guess it’s not a terrible thing, but I feel like I’m being forced to relax..

WALKING. I decided that, while the weather is nice, I wanted to walk to and from work. I get to pass Marble Arch every day, which is lovely. It takes about 40 mins with no traffic, but there is always traffic. To bus, it is 40 mins as well, but also costs about a pound and a half. And the bus is always packed.

Well, everywhere is packed. Especially as you get to the Oxford Circus Underground. On my way home, I am mesmerized by everyone squeezing themselves down into the tube, and I am thankful that I am not one of them. People watching has been so much fun.

Here are some of my favorite characters that I have encountered:

  • A very tall man at a very short bubbler in Hyde Park.
  • A young guy at Marble Arch. We chatted, and he said he was a wrestler, which clarified his swollen ears that I had noticed when he first walked up. He asked me if he could show me around London and I respectfully declined.
  • A  couple carrying three STUFFed animals, as in huge, as in maybe from  carnival somewhere except I am unaware of any carnivals going on so I don’t know where they were coming from or where they were going. A pleasant puzzle.
  • A few guys handing out roses from bouquets. Maybe only to mothers?
  • Girls on the medians in the middle of the street, taking dramatic pictures in the middle of rush hour which is also golden hour.

Hello world!

 

.. That’s really what this first week has felt like.

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London is a huge Metropolis with a ton of people. I wouldn’t say everything is go go go all the time. It’s a city that definitely sleeps.. Half the city shuts down at 5:00 pm it seems. But, it is for sure an extremely diverse city.

That’s one of the things I have really enjoyed thus far. The beauty of walking down the street and hearing as many as 5 different languages in a one-block walk is mind blowing. Even accent to accent, keeping up with people as they speak has been an awesome challenge for me. The guy at Starbucks asked me if I wanted my croissant, “warmed?” and for the life of me I could not understand what he was asking. “Heated UP.” Yeah, my brain finally wrapped itself around the question and responded with a yes.

Ohio is supposed to be one of the least accented places. We are known for turning out great news reporters because we are so easy to understand. But transitioning here, where everyone sounds quite unique – even one English accent to another – I have realized that Ohio didn’t prepare my cranium for the different sounds of English. This is definitely an opportunity for me to better my brain.