Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Surviving the Tube Strike

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I've been delayed a day getting back to London due to the Northeast storm. It's an all familiar event as the same thing happened when I flew back after winter break. Oh well, flights are changed, and I'll be landing back in London on Saturday.

New LSE Tshirt that sums up the school!
I've covered the big events over the past week in my post on JPIA. Yet, last week was another crazy week. I had a few job applications due last week on top of capstone work and preparing for the JPIA weekend.

Tube Strike Madness 
Last week was also the big London tube strike.  The last tube strike that I faced was when I studied abroad in 2010. We faced a tube strike almost every month during my four months abroad. So, I was really excited for the past year and a half to not have one. However, this past week, the talks went forward and the strike happened starting Tuesday evening and lasting into Thursday. 

Traffic Madness
Luckily, I have a bus that runs straight from my flat to LSE. Normally, it takes around 45 minutes to get from one end of the city to another. Note, my bus takes the Oxford Street route which makes up for the majority of the time on the bus. 

Unfortunately, during the tube strike, my commute to campus took almost two hours. I had planned on walking, but of course, it was down pouring.  I got through an entire book and cleaned up my iPhone during that time. 

On my way home from LSE, I actually walked halfway home to just avoid the traffic and idleness of sitting on the bus. 

Thankfully, on Thursday, I had booked a Heathrow Express ticket in advance to avoid the chaos of trying to figure out how to get to the airport. Needless to say, I was happy to say goodbye to the strike!