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Rubbing shoulders with strangers

Someone asked me yesterday whether I had rubbed shoulders with any celebrities yet in London, which got me thinking. One of the things I love about London is the fact that you can walk around with anonymity, so far in my experience people tend not to notice you in passing an introverts dream.

When you look at public transport major contrast can be seen, I think it’s rather unusual to see such different behaviours from the same people. On the bus you’ll find the usual “system” found in most cities, you know the one? Where you try to find an empty double seat so you don’t have to interact with a stranger? But then the sharp contrast of the underground, where you can be at peak times squeezed up against random strangers or alternately the tube station shuts and you end up literally face to face pushing through crowds to get out.

London Underground

So then you have to wonder what makes these people who are so distant at other times happy to rub shoulders in an instant, well if you ask me it’s because no one wants to walk and the tube is quick! So yes you might have to endure being squished like sardines for a few minutes but the benefits outweigh the negatives. Besides you never know, you might just be stood next to a celebrity or at least that’s what you can tell yourself while you hold your nose in the summer.

London, where those who love solitude and a close proximity get their fix; just as long as you are willing to take the good with the bad.