Hello. I am here.
Well, it certainly was a fun journey down here. All well and good until I’m using the “step free access to the northern line” which seems that if you take the “Northern Line Ticket Hall” entrance doesn’t actually take you to the Northern Line via step free.
Ok, says I after getting down the lift 1 level, I’ll ask this dude in a London Underground uniform.
“Hello!” says me, “Where’s the lift to the Northern Line platforms please?”
“…..” he responds. I have obviously just awakened his brain from sleep mode.
“Er, “ he says, wiping drool from his mouth, “You need to go to the opposite end of the station, mate” He looks yonder. “Oh you can go on the escalator, it’s only a short one”
So off I go to the escalator with my two big cases and rucksack. Just as I’m on it, and trying to arrange said cases a little, the bloody thing judders to a halt and I go arse over tit down 1 step. Now I’ve hurt my shoulder and, more importantly, my pride.
So then it’s tube to London Bridge which, as the sticker says, is also step free access. Yeah, balls. The lift takes you out way down on Borough High Street.
Ok, so just a little walk for me. In theory. Unfortunately, the route from the exit to London Bridge station is along a narrowed path due to building work. And my two cases are wider than the path. ARSE!
So now what, pride-wise I might as well be naked on the road, scraping my arse in the gutter. Picture this, I’m dripping with sweat, pulling along two cases, both of which keep over-turning and me with the right Col face ™ on.
Eventually, in what should have been a 3 minute stroll, I arrive and look for my train…..
…and it’s on time and not packed. So on I get. 18 mins later I am getting off at East Croydon, pulling my cases to the tram stop. Tram arrives. I get on. 7 mins later I am at Teh Pad™
Yay! So a quick run down to Tescos for bedding thingies and I’m all sorted. All I need to do now is to drink the 4 little bottles of beer that my new landlord has left for me as a welcoming gift and then kick back ‘n’ relax….