05 February 2012

Winter, Er, Wonderland III

After being lulled into a false sense of security, weather-wise, winter finally hit London last night. I went out into the provinces (well, Hertfordshire) for my friend's birthday but thanks to a derailment the day before, half of the services from Euston were cancelled before I left. On leaving the curry place at around 9.30, the town had been swathed in a deep blanket of snow. After the issues I had with trains and snow two years ago (where I arrived at Cambridge station at around 8.30 pm and got home at 2.30 am), I had really wanted to get the 9.15 train, which was showing up as being on time, but I was pressured into getting the next train (which was already running 10 minutes late, getting into the provincial town at 10).

The snowy walk home
After wading my way through the slush to the station, I noticed that my train was still expected to get in at 10. But then 10 o'clock came and went, with the due arrival time changing along with the clock. A few people tried calling National Rail and got various answers--that the train would be there any minute, that it was still in Northampton, that it was delayed due to snow, that it was delayed due to a signal failure, and so on. Of course, all I could think about was that horrible experience in 2009--at least this time I didn't have a job interview at 9 o'clock the following morning. Eventually, the train showed up at 10.40, and we got into Euston at 11.15, where I discovered the snow was even settling in London. As I was freezing by this point, the last thing I wanted to do was wait in the cold for a bus and so decided to walk, even though I was wearing boots with kitten heels. It was pretty slippy (maybe this is why my thighs were aching this morning) but I didn't fall.

Boris Bikes in the snow
I thought about going to Regent's Park or Hyde Park this morning to take some photos of the snow but I took quite a few snow photos last winter and also, I didn't really want to leave the warmth of my flat until it was nearly time for Young Adult. The snow is already melting here, so hopefully, there won't be too many further disruptions. I can haz spring pls?

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