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.

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