Travelling is Tiring
Travelling is tiring, even when things go to plan.
When they don't it becomes a real slog.
Exhibit A, m'lud: A trip from our friend's workplace in London's Elephant and Castle to Victoria station, there to catch a coach back home after one of our rare away days.
Technically, when it all goes right, a 20 minute trip by the 148 bus bookended by a 10 minute walk to and from a bus stop at either end.
Instead, this afternoon, it ended up being somewhat different.
Sure, it started off as planned with the walk to the bus stop. There we learned that the black cab drivers had (quite rightly, imho) decided to stage a protest against e-cab company Uber, disrupting all traffic anywhere near Parliament.
So we ended up on a bus towards Tottenham Court Road instead. London traffic being what it is, we made it to Charing Cross station before my husband started to worry and hauled us off the bus and onto the Tube (underground). From Charing Cross via Embankment and another stop to Victoria then an exhausting hare down the half mile from Victoria Station to the coach station, tripping over dozy tourists as we ran, dripping in sweat and barging into dumbwalkers texting instead of looking where they (or we) were going.
By the time we reached the coach station at 15:07, I was feeling as if I'd walked an entire half marathon. The coach left at 15:30 so I did have time to catch my breath, even if I was still dripping by the time I clambered onto the coach.
This is why I seriously hate London with a passion. There are just so many people and many of them seem to want to get in my way all of the time. Because many are visitors they do not understand the usual 'Excuse me!', 'Can I get through, please?' and other requests to 'MOVE!' The ones who might understand generally have headphones in and couldn't give a toss anyway...
We have been safely back home for a few hours now, with everything we started out with, plus my temper is just about intact. That in itself is a minor miracle, given that London and I rarely agree.
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