Holy crap… welcome back to London! After 2.5 weeks away I’ve returned to find the weather is colder, the leaves are falling off the trees (its actually quite pretty) & work is still FULL on. To make a pretty rough 2nd day back in London worse, getting out of Canary Wharf this evening was diabolical due to a DLR strike. Tonight was possibly the worst commute so far! I left work quite late (around 7pm) and by then the Canary Wharf tube station was limited to one exit, there was an obvious presence of police (with their bomb sniffing dogs) and the queues for the tube started outside the station! The mall & pubs seemed unusually busy. Being so tired from my trip I have been struggling with the crowds at Canary Wharf today, I did a U-Turn and went back to the office for a couple of hours. I couldn’t even handle going to the pub as it was too crowded!
Take 2 of my commute home involved avoidance of the tube. I got a bus to Liverpool Street and then the train to Walthamstow. It took me over 1.5hours to get home but I was quietly surprised at how lovely it is to be overground on a bus. I spent a lot of time in the area around Liverpool Street when I first arrived to London and it is VERY different to Canary Wharf in so many ways. I think my impressions of London are skewed a lot by the place I work & the area I currently live. It will be interesting to see how I feel a few months time when I will have settled into my NEW area. This weekend I’m moving into my new flat. Exciting.