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London and her tube

Honestly, there are lots of things that I find fascinating when it comes to London and I’m not sure where to start or to continue considering my previous blog entry . But what about London’s underground, the tube?  After all you may need it just at the beginning of your trip when you are heading to central London from one of the airports. Do yourself – and others – a favour and get yourself an oyster card. You can buy it at the airport or online when you are planning your trip and feel like a Londoner.  The card is rechargeable which will help you ease your London bug – the feeling to come back to the city. And recharging the card is very fast and easily done at lots of tube stations.

Have your oyster card ready

Make sure you have your oyster card at hand when approaching the entrance, so you just have to hold it on top of the yellow button and cause no delay. Remember: Londoners are busy, they normally are not on holiday as you are, so get out of their way and stand on the side when you need to check your way on your tube map. Hint: there are maps inside every station. Just make sure you know where you want to travel, head to the platform which fits your destination (south or eastbound for example) and: stand on the right when using the escalators! Londoners really do this no matter what and honestly it’s quite interesting looking around and reading ads while getting to your platform.

Once your train has arrived, do allow the passengers to get out of it before you get inside. All the passengers. Don’t stand directly in front of the door, nobody is able to leave if you silly tourist are blocking everything. And you will block everything especially when you have a suitcase or a large bag with you. Or both. Enter the train and really do move inside. Don’t block the doors by standing too near, try to find a place to stand quite comfy or get a seat. And: Mind the Gap!

 

Fascinating London

What is it that makes London so fascinating? I’m asking myself this question for quite a while now and I still don’t have an answer. Quite a while means for at least three years, about that time BBC’s “Sherlock” forced its way into my life, ready to stay and occupy it.

But this was only the beginning because it opened a door to new and different experiences that literally broadened my mind, still do and will probably never end. London of course is a part of that – not just because the city is always present in the stories as a lovely book points out. But because London is the background for films, books and all in all quite present in everyday’s life if you are not hiding under a rock 24/7. So when I finally visited London for the very first time last November it soon became quite clear that the city infected me with her bug forcing me to come back, several times this year.

A bug that is made out of those iconic buildings the Elizabeth tower – known as Big Ben – is just one of countless ones, though it’s the one for me, symbolizing London and Britain in a wonderful building that I have to look at on every visit. But of course London is much more. Especially the Londoners being polite and calm even when silly tourists like me are standing on the wrong side of elevators or squeezing themselves into trains with their baggage. And gosh –  they are helpful! No matter if I was standing at a chip and pin machine wondering how to throw money at it or in front of a tube map in a crowded station figuring out what platform to choose: a friendly “Can I help you?” or “You do know your way, do you?” is one of the things that I will always connect with London – hopefully in many more visits to come.

 

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My London bug: Big Ben. Photo: Petra Breunig

 

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