Jet Lag, the Tube, and Other Miscellaneous Thoughts

A Tube stop at London Station. We stopped here for a train connection to Hampton Court Palace.

A Tube stop at London Station. We stopped here for a train connection to Hampton Court Palace.

At this point in my trip to London, I still can’t quite believe we’ve only been here for six days. For whatever reason, time has slowed down – although I think that’s due primarily to the jet lag, which is exactly as bad as I had heard it would be. Thankfully, my circadian clock caught up to London time a few days in. The best advice I can give is to stay awake the day you arrive, although that’s easier said than done – I fell asleep more than once when I arrived at my hotel.

Seeing the sights, even the most mundane ones, has been an entirely new experience for me. This is my first time ever setting foot outside the United States, and getting on the Tube at the airport was a passage to a new world. I come from a more rural area, and I can only point to one other time when I’ve been on a subway (and that was in Washington, D.C.). When I stepped into the Tube at Heathrow and found myself compressed into a crowd of strangers, I was baffled by the number of people. I know London has a population of over 8 million people, but actually experiencing the feeling of being one of millions is jarring – but in a way, very cool.

Thank you for reading this short bit – I’ll try to post more of these micro-blogs, because I still have so much more I want to write.

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