Monday, January 21, 2013

Travelogue: London - Snowfall

I've seen worse, but the city is practically at a stand-still! But, then, this is London and THIS is how they react to weather. It took us nearly two hours to get to the hotel from the airport yesterday morning. The trains and busses were running disrupted schedules, and the car service had to deal with the snarls of traffic that were the impact of 1/2" of snow that fell throughout the morning hours.

London Snow Bunnies

One of my colleagues and I headed into London after a lunch at the local pub and took-in an exhibit at the Tate Modern museum. On the way we encountered a group of (at a guess) college-aged boys having a bit of Target Practice. They were scooping-up the drifted snow on the Blackfriars Bridge, forming it into snowballs, and lobbing them off the bridge at a floating ring in the Thames; trying to hit the drifting target and cheering any time anyone made it.

It was harder than it looked, between the continued snowfall making it hard to see, the motion of the current in the river gently swaying the target, and the gloom of the early afternoon making it seem night-like, I am surprised that they could hit the target at all.

Later, on the way back to the station, we came across a couple tourists (you could tell from their vain attempts to navigate the surface streets of London armed only with a tube map and a vague inkling of how the tube station distribution on it related to where they actually were located. I was able to direct them to the appropriate tube station for their needs and THAT is when we encountered the YOBs.

There were perhaps a dozen of them. Hoodie-wearing youngsters prowling the river walk. one of them (he could not have been more than about ten) scooped-up some snow and pelted one of the tourists with it, another (his younger brother?) walked past me, reaching up as high as he could to flip me off for no readily apparent reason - and to no reaction whatsoever.

That was the encounter - it lasted half a minute and had no lasting effect. It was memorable mostly for its near-surreal pointlessness. Today, it is into the office to start the work portion of the trip - I am here for work, after all!

Wherever you are today, I hope that your day is going well.

Don Bergquist - 21 January 2013 - Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

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