Morning Commute

My commute to work takes about an hour door to door. In addition, in that I’m a bit far out, I don’t take the London Underground trains to work. I take one of the commuter rails as its faster. As such, I’ve become a slave to the train schedule – more so in the morning than in the afternoon. And every morning for the past week or so, I’ve noticed this one guy and I think he has noticed me as well. We take the same train and get on the same coach car each morning. But I doubt I’ll ever speak to him. Partly because it goes against the English rule of talking to strangers. Also, because if I did speak to him (or he did to me for that matter), it might ruin the illusion. Plus, what if we have nothing in common? Then it would become totally awkward and embarrassing and I’d have to try and hide at the other end of the platform. So I’m comforted by his presence on the platform each morning, but I pretend he doesn’t exist while at the same time sneaking peaks while reading my book. Goodness! I hope this doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

6 Comments
  1. You’re American. You’re allowed, expected even, to break the rules there. Go talk to him.

  2. Talk….talk!

  3. You should read http://everydaystranger.mu.nu/
    she’s another american in the UK who often writes about her train journeys. Excellent writer too…..
    I’ve never had to use public transport to commute, so I am looking forward to doing that in Boston..

  4. I have not blogged or visited here in a while. What a change to come here and see that you are in London. I am happy for you and envious all at the same time. I would love to love in europe for awhile myself. My company does not have branches overseas to transfer to. NOTE TO SELF: FInd new job with large company with overseas offices! You go girl! Fantastic!

  5. I’m an American in the UK also. Go ahead, one day when you’re feeling brave, and talk to him. I’ve been here about 2-1/2 years now. What I’m discovering is that the British generally are delighted to be spoken to and will carry on a good conversation although would certainly never have started it themselves.
    I’m already engaged to a Brit and am therefore not looking for a partner when I commute. But I’ve made a very good female friend because of starting a conversation with an English woman on the bus one morning. She would tell you that if I hadn’t started talking to her, she probably would have never said a word to me!
    Good luck…and keep us posted!
    Janet
    (aka “Lord Celery”)

  6. You’re a woman, he’s a man. There’s enough in common there for a two-hour movie!

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