|The Victorian houses somewhere along Elmer's End Road, Penge, London.|
|The houses somewhere in Beckenham, London.|
|The buses on London Bridge.|
I have also attended some Christmas parties and was also invited to a dinner which gave me an opportunity to enter some of these antique structures, it was then that I realised that these houses are relatively small, and even those 'bigger' houses that the locals would refer to are still relatively cramped (compared to most accommodations that I've seen in Australia). These terraced houses have stairs with a small cupboard under it- these have instantly brought JK Rowling's description of Harry's room at the Dursley's to life!
|...at the city of Westminster, London.|
Aside from the huge Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush, most of the things that I've seen in London reveal how limited the spaces are in this city! London is big, but I have seen how this humming city has struggled to consistently meet its inadequacies...
|...at King's Cross St. Pancras station.|
They've carved the ground to create massive tunnels and railways so several lines of trains in six different travel zones can take thousands of passengers to their destination. The King's Cross, Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge stations are always very busy- two to four escalators are moving up and down to take the rushing passengers to the underground platforms or to their way out of the station. Twice, I stood still and stayed motionless for two minutes and I observed how everybody (clothed in their dark, thick and furry coats or sweaters) moved in a hurry to catch the trains; they'd dash through the electronic card-controlled entrances and exits of the stations and would run up or down the escalators. Inside the slithering trains or trams, some passengers (who had obviously just knocked off from work) read books, watch movies on their phone while the other hand was on the overhead handles... I've seen one eating a cupcake, and a lot of them were evidently tired and sleeping.
|...at Heathrow Airport.|
Most of these London red buses are double-decked, probably to accommodate thousands of daily commuters around the city.
The tables are narrow and the chairs are slim in McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants or even in the pubs- honestly, I nearly had a muscle cramp because of the limited leg room there.
Space is not enough, time is not enough!
|The escalators at London Bridge station leading to the underground platforms.|
They have a full-time job but most of the people I've met would get a part-time job to subsidize their bills or transport cost. The value of a pound sterling is definitely higher than an Australian dollar and much more than a Philippine peso but I have this impression that their wages are not enough.
I still have more than six weeks to explore this place, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me.
|...at Leicester Square, near Charing Cross station.|