You’ve no doubt heard, it’s snowed in London. My social networks have been transformed into the weather channel for the last couple of days and even I found myself posting the obligatory photo of myself…in snow… holding a fast melting snowball.
This is it. It’s snowing. It’s glorious.
The arrival of snow also means everyone stops functioning here. The amount of snow that has fallen in my 8 years here, has never reached above my ankles. Ever.
It’s an embarrassment.
And you will probably hear a lot about train delays, flight cancellations, etc. But these things often have a very clear reason for functioning (or not functioning in this case). And I also admit that initially, I was one of those people;
How can it be delayed for 1 HOUR and 40 MINUTES!?
How can a snow-flake stop a train!?
I would stand on the train platform, staring angrily at anyone who passes me and occasionally muttering ,”Urgh” or ”Unbelievable” to show my anger.
But more recently I have come to realise that it is in-fact we who are ill-prepared to deal with their ill-preparedness. Snow may happen too infrequently for us to have any energy to come up with a coping mechanism in the first place. But all the same, it makes for some very interesting people-watching. I have seen near mental breakdowns over a two-minute train delay, all before 8am and the first cup of coffee.
So I’m taking some time-out.
I shouldn’t have said that so close after the words ‘mental breakdown’ but I assure you it’s all good. I will be back in a couple of weeks, thesis free !
Until then, enjoy the snow 🙂