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Courtney

October 31st, 2012

Warning: places on the map may be further than they appear

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Courtney

October 31st, 2012

Warning: places on the map may be further than they appear

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

A few days after I arrived in London, I decided to set out to find LSE. This time, I had a proper map to guide me from my accommodation to the campus. Though I understood that LSE was not exactly close to my accommodation, I assumed that I could easily walk to school. In fact, I told myself, the money I would save would be well worth the journey. After all, two and a half miles hardly seemed like a difficult task. To the conditioned walker, such a distance would be manageable but what I did not take into account was that I was in no shape to walk a block, let alone two in a half miles. Despite this, I awoke early in the morning and began my journey. I started on London Street, relatively close to Hyde Park, and made it all the way to Oxford Street relatively unscathed. Oxford Street, I came to understand, is a like the end of a rainbow, it does exist and trying to find its end is as futile as trying to find a leprechaun’s pot of gold. I should have realized this when Oxford Street spanned two pages of my map.

As I huffed and puffed down the street with blisters now sprouted on every toe, my speed rapidly declined and on several occasions, it felt as if I was walking backwards in slow motion rather than going forward. Though my body begged my brain to stop, I was determined to find LSE on foot. After one hour and ten minutes of walking, I finally saw the most radiant red sign indicated that I had found LSE. I quickly found a bench on Houghton Street so that I could rest my bones for a while. Utterly exhausted, I decided that it would be best if I took public transportation home. Unfortunately, when I forced myself off of that cozy bench and walked to the nearest Tube station, I had no idea how to get back home because I was not yet well versed in how to read a Tube map. Eventually, I decided that if I could make it all the way to LSE from my accommodation than I could surely walk home. Of course, I got lost and it began to rain but I eventually made it back. When I had finally reached my room, I peeled off my sopping clothes, gently removed my shoes, bandaged my feet, changed into my warm pajamas and began searching for the quickest routes to LSE by Tube.

Courtney

Courtney

MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation

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Courtney

Courtney

MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation

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