Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

London, the place above the Underground

Once I get outside the zone that’s really familiar– the areas in a rough line from Westminster to Russell Square, along the Embankment between Westminster and the Globe, and South Kensington– London becomes a bunch of isolated zones above different Tube stops. Until last trip, I’d never been in Hyde Park, nor did I have any sense of how it connects the area around Paddington with South Kensington.

On the Underground, via flickr

Of course, one of the great pleasures of being in London is that an amazingly large number of interesting things are within walking distance of each other, so long as you’ve got good shoes and a bit of grim determination. But after six trips, some of those things are starting to be nice… but I don’t feel quite the same serious pleasure I once did at seeing them. In particular, the churning crowds around Covent Garden and Leicester Square were once more entertaining; now, they’re starting to feel a bit in the way.

On the Underground, via flickr

I suspect in the future I’m going to head out towards Saint Paul’s and the Tower, and find interesting places there to walk in the evenings. I don’t think I’ll give up these long marches; but I’ll find new places to do them.

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  1. This is how I feel about Seoul, despite having lived there for close to 30 years!

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