There’s no doubt London is a busy city. Sweaty people in the metro dangling their armpits right into your face, people rushing to cross streets bumping into you, and tourists blocking the entire road taking pictures, are just common happenings in the city. I will therefore, in my duty as a helping citizen, share with you a method I discovered that is great for quickly getting you from A to B in swarms of office workers and slow-walking tourists (technically we are tourists as well, but living like locals is what we shoot for while studying abroad).
My friends call this the “bump-avoider”:
When you happen to go to work, or in my case to university during rush hour, there is a high probability you will have to cross a street. Now if that happens, you will eventually be confronted with a huge wall of people literally running towards you leaving you no way to escape. That is, when the “bump-avoider” comes into action. Take out your phone, any phone works but a nice big smartphone is the best. Hold it firmly with one hand – we wouldn’t want it to fall and break. Position it in front of you in a way that you can slightly tilt your head forward but still keep an eye on your surroundings. Now if you pretend to be busy you will see that people will miraculously surround you. If you don’t have a phone on you, no worries, you can just fix a point in the distance and stare at it while walking. This method should work as good as with your phone.
And there you have it. At the end of the day, who wants to spend too much time on commuting? This method is useful when you have a clear idea of where you want to go, e.g. walking along Oxford Street for the 100th time to go to school. But sometimes it could be nice to slow down and pay attention to our surroundings as well.