London was PACKED - people were literally everywhere, all of the time.
On DAY ONE I made the NOVICE MISTAKE of wearing a short sleeved shirt.
What was I thinking?
Everywhere I went I was SKIN-ON-SKIN with gross and sweaty strangers. In the tube (subway) I was nose-to-nose AND arm-to-arm. Sometimes bum-to-bum. EEK.
You know how you have your 'PERSONAL BUBBLE', and others are expected to STAY OUTSIDE of your
For example...when you're standing in line at the grocery store, you expect the person behind you to stand 2 feet away. Anything closer and you find yourself fidgeting and getting annoyed. Can you relate to this space requirement?
Yeah...there's NO BUBBLE whatsoever in London.
The good news is I adjusted fairly quickly, mostly because of how NICE people were. At one point I was just pushing and shoving people out the way with no response whatsoever.
It's NORMAL to be shoved out of the way (can you believe it?) .
If you do happen to make eye contact, they simply smile and say hello. Awww, how nice! I LOVED London and would go back in a heartbeat. Granted that I'm wearing a long sleeved shirt and have on solid
|At one point there was no pole space available left to grab, so you just 'lean' on strangers as you go from stop to stop.|