I recently hit a month in London and I truly cannot believe it. It feels like I’ve been living here for a year. I very much feel integrated enough to get myself around, and yet I still feel so out of place and foreign.
Every place is so easily accessible with the Tube. The Tube is so clearly labeled and goes everywhere you could possibly need to go in the city. Through CAPA we receive an oyster card for zones 1 and 2. At first I didn’t know if that would be enough. But now I realize zones 1 and 2 are more than enough. If I need to go further, I can easily put money on the card.
My commute to work is as simple as they get. I get on the Tube at the station by my flat, the West Kensington station, and take it to Westminster station. The ride is about 7 stops. About 20 minutes on a good day when it isn’t busy, or closer to 30 minutes during rush hour. There are mild delays in the morning due to the volume of trains on the tracks. The Tube is always packed as well. Out of all my morning and evening commutes (2 times a day 3 times a week for over a month), I have had a seat about 3 times. Some days I don’t need to hold the handrail because the sheer amount of people will keep me from falling. Also the station is packed when I get off the Tube. There are so many people trying to get in and out of the gates to the station. The Westminster station only has access to three lines (the District, the Circle, and the Jubilee) and yet there are still so many people I can barely walk through. In the evenings I sometimes have to wait for a train or two to pass by because there is not enough room on the train for another person. If you are claustrophobic, you may want to consider taking the bus. After leaving the mess of Westminster Station, I walk across Westminster bridge and I am at my internship. I will occasionally turn to my right and take a picture of Big Ben and his beautiful scaffolding. The most dangerous part of my commute is maneuvering around all the tourists trying to get pictures of the London Eye and Westminster Abbey. I guess it is a hazard I am okay dealing with.
Overall I love my internship and the commute is not that bad. I have found out that timing wise my commute is the perfect distance to listen to a full music album. It gives me the perfect time to listen to some music I have been wanting to listen to, while getting ready for the day!