The snow has started…in London…during rush hour

You can sense the tension in the air among the snowflakes falling from the sky….can’t you? 

While I am now safely in the warmth of a South West train carriage heading into London, I am accutely aware of the disappointment of the commuters trying to make their homeward journey. The floor is wet. Glasses are steaming up. My feet are cold. As you’d expect, everyone has their head down either in a device of some kind, a book or a damp copy of The Evening Standard. I, meanwhile, guilty of being one of those people (while writing this), am also listening to ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division, and was convinvced I was almost dancing along at one point due to several odd glances from those unhappy commuters who really need to brighten up. My smile soon vanished and I became one of…them…

It’s officially zero degrees and the beginning of January. No one is happy. Snow in London during rush hour adds to the despair as public transport will just seem to…stop. 

Oh well! I’ll just have to find somewhere to build a snowman! If it ever settles…


New Year in Bruges

Bruges was a lovely city full of character – especially in the fog and cold! The cobbled streets wove around the medieval city which was surrounded by canals. Warming up with gluhwein at the Christmas market helped to ease the pain of the brutal wind. It definitely felt more like winter – and so it should at this time of year!


Unfortunately, an hour long cold wait to climb to the top of the bell tower proved to be a slight disappointment, as nothing could be seen of the city through the fog – maybe a return trip in the summer is required! It is good to remember to be careful while going down the steep stairs at the top though – I came home with a couple of bruises on sensitive parts of the body! Slow and steady does it….

Could have done with another day or two to look at a few more places, as a lot seemed to be closed – maybe something to do with the time of year? Some of the churches are meant to be lovely inside, and a bit more time would be required to sample more of the many strong beers on offer!