Sunday, February 06, 2005

Trains and tube

When I woke up yesterday morning I was concerned that even though it was Saturday, I still had a knotted stomach and was feeling anxious. It took me a while to realise it was a good anxious. I was excited! It was the feeling you have on the morning of a holiday. It didn't occur to me that the 2 different types would feel the same.

Some of the anxiety was due to having to use public transport and I get like it every time. I really dislike travelling to London and having to use the tube. I don't think I have a fear of crowds or anything silly like that I just find them cramped, dirty and very uncomfortable. I'm the same with flying, I worry that I won't get a seat with legroom and only relax once I'm actually sat on the plane. The same is true for trains, especially the new ones with a more cramped seating configuration. They're not designed for anyone who's 6' 8" :-)

Yesterday it seemed that the powers that be were out to really test me. Firstly there were engineering works on the line to Waterloo so our diversion added 30 minutes onto an hours journey. Then the circle and district lines were closed all weekend on the tube so we had to find another route to the Royal Albert Hall along with everyone else.

Then on the way back the subway from the Royal Albert Hall was closed for some reason so we had to walk overground back to the station and try avoiding all the traffic. And then to cap it all the tube station was absolutely packed, so much so that they shut it just after we got in. This was due to all the audience from the Royal Albert Hall that was using public transport hitting the station at the same time.

We made an executive decision to take a cab back to Waterloo as it's bad enough on a packed tube when there's just you but with kids as well and trying to make sure you all manage to get on the same train it wasn't worth the hassle. It was £12 well spent!.

We got into Waterloo and had 2 minutes to catch the Farnborough train and that was packed too. We couldn't all sit next to each other but at least we had seats. Throughout it all the girls were very well behaved.

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