Gherkin reflected by boxplayer

Gherkin reflected

Well what a day.

Have been mulling over the last few days how to get to Croydon today if the tube strike happened as I had user research sessions scheduled which would throw our schedule out if I couldn't do them today.
So I'd worked out a route - convoluted but it would get me there.

So was up early with Dave - luckily he was just driving to normal work in Enfield, so he wasn't expecting any problems. I left before him though at 7 and managed to pick up a bus to Walthamstow Central - just in time to catch the northbound train to Chingford.

Yes a bit circuitous but basically if there is a tube strike - even if the overground is unaffected, there's no way you can squeeze on to the trains at Walthamstow as they're full up when they pull in to the station.

And yes as we pulled out, I heard the platform announcer telling the southbound commuters that the next train had just left Highams Park, 2 stops up the line, totally rammed. The guy in the carriage with me said he'd watched 3 trains go past before deciding to go north.

So pulled into Chingford, then a mad scramble to cross the platform to get the southbound train - only just caught it and it was standing room only. And it got fuller at each stop. So full that at St James' Street the doors malfunctioned and I feared we'd be turfed off. That would have been the end of my epic trek.

But then it was moving again and I got out with the hordes at Liverpool Street. Checked Citymapper and realised it would be better to walk to London Bridge than Blackfriars to pick up a train. So set off - absolute obstacle course with all the other walking commuters - especially once I got to the bridge.

Found myself at London Bridge station eventually and had time to finally grab a bit of breakfast - mushroom and cheese croissant and tea - before catching the Uckfield train stopping at East Croydon.

Phew. Until I got a message from a colleague to say the office had been evacuated. By the time I got to the office, it was still ongoing unfortunately. A member of the public had sat on a radiator and it had come off the wall, spraying boiling water everywhere.

My 2 session participants were based in the same building so there was no way of tracking them down while all still stuck outside. I eventually went into the neighbouring office to get out of the cold and managed to log in. Luckily they started letting people in to the evacuated building not long after that.

It still took a good 10 minutes to queue to get in though as passes were checked. Then I had to walk to the 7th floor and finally collapsed at an empty desk. I managed to make contact with my session participants so finally all good.

Ran my sessions - quite useful - thank goodness. Then ate my sandwich and left to get back home before the afternoon rush hour. Quieter obviously and I went via West Croydon to Shoreditch High Street then walked to Liverpool Street. But it still took over 2 hours. And it had started raining heavily.

Got home eventually and cosied up on the settee to work from home. Had to keep going till gone 7 though to write up my session notes and catch up with emails.

Dave had a hard day too and has just had a bath - we're about to eat the leftover leek soup and some mozzarella salad and just chill.

London Bridge http://365project.org/boxplayer/extras/2017-01-09

9 January 2017
City of London EC2
Such a wonderfuk use of the rain. Love it fav
January 9th, 2017  
Your reflection shots are always really good!
January 9th, 2017  
Your reflection best!
January 9th, 2017  
Beautiful reflection on pond. Maybe a door to other dimension.
January 9th, 2017  
Fabulous reflection
January 9th, 2017  
Great capture
January 9th, 2017  
Fantastic reflections
January 9th, 2017  
What a day! I'm exhausted just reading about it. But you are the queen of puddle reflection shots.
January 9th, 2017  
@parisouailleurs @777margo thanks for the faves!
January 9th, 2017  
Cor blimey gov'ner - London is hard work at times.
January 9th, 2017  
This reflective neighbourhood photo toward The Iconic Gherkin is so interesting for us to see, we who have only been in it's presence a day or two!
January 10th, 2017  
Interesting story!
January 10th, 2017  
Fantastic shot and reflections - Fav
January 10th, 2017  
That is an amazing shot
January 11th, 2017  
Stunning reflection
January 11th, 2017  
@kkp @ahleena @rosiekind @padlock thanks for the faves!
January 11th, 2017  
Love the central splash of colour. Fav.
January 11th, 2017  
@janturnbull thanks for the fave!
January 12th, 2017  
I got worn out just reading this! Fabulous shot too
January 15th, 2017  
@bizziebeeme thanks for the fave!
January 15th, 2017  
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