Public transport, or as an old manager of mine once called it ‘pubic transport’. It is generally something the majority of us have to deal with on a daily basis, but in London it seems to be more intense than anywhere else.
Can we all please take a moment to firstly appreciate how much the commute sucks? Why is she coughing? Why does he have to sneeze? Why are you eating your breakfast granola bar so damn loudly? It is all so very irritating, and pretty repulsive (Mr Loud Chewer, I am looking at you).
All I think about is how much the train full of people must love their jobs and I wonder what they do that is so fantastic, because I honestly cannot face it. I did it once. For three months. Commuting from rural Surrey into London Bridge for an internship. It took me just shy of two hours from door to door and that is if there were no delays or strikes. After that, I got a job 15 minutes from my house where my commute consisted solely of walking through the park; a lovely grassy, green area with loads of dogs out for morning walkies! It was brill. More recently I packed myself on to a crowded London bus and waited patiently for it to trundle the three miles to my office, a journey that would usually only take ten minutes without traffic, but now frequently took 45!
I hated that job so the bus ride actually became my favourite part of the day – after all you literally find such a diverse array of life on a London bus it is genuinely surprising that Attenborough hasn’t filmed a wildlife special on-board!
As I’m writing this, I am perched in a coffee shop having just ‘commuted’ with Lutfan the Loud Eater, Lucy the Lost Lady (she mentioned her destination at least 20 times to her husband) and Steven the Sneezer. I’m interviewing today for a new job (which I of course I ended up not getting) so wanted to make sure I was nice an early – giving plenty of time in the event of cows on the train tracks, melting train lines because EEEK it’s 21 degrees again or the plain old fashioned delay due to lack of train crew!
What bothers you most about commuting or even just taking public transport in general? Is it as bad where you live as it is in London?