being sick in London

Being ill sucks basically everywhere, but I just had the dubious pleasure to get the experience of being sick in London for a couple of weeks. It was nothing serious and I was going to work most of the time, but it was annoying and I used up all my sick days.

Being sick in London has two additional drawbacks that I experienced a lot in the last few weeks:

Even for well-earning software developers, our flats are often tiny (or shared), especially as close to Central as I live. Which is ok, if you usually just eat, sleep and chill there. Or quite nice if you actually want to snuggle up in your personal burrow up to keep the outside world away for a while. But spending whole extended weekends in there is not recommended.

The worst though is the knowledge of all the exciting things that are happening just a few steps beyond your reduced range. And even on good days the usual fear of missing out is already justifiably high.

Also there’s nothing interesting to blog about if nothing interesting happens.

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

Earlier this year me and a friend went up the ArcelorMittal Orbit to slide down the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide. As all of you who know my slight problem with heights can imagine, I wasn’t too excited on the prospect to stand on a platform 100m above ground and jump into a small tube sliding down 178m at a significant speed.

I did it anyway.1)Well, I got persuaded

And I have to say that I enjoyed it thoroughly, although I might have temporarily lost my voice from screaming all the way down. And I was lucky not to realise how flimsy the entrance to the slide actually was (see featured image) Continue reading ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 Well, I got persuaded

Tube challenge tour

Last weekend I’ve been on a tube challenge tour around the western end of the circle line, visiting a few stations.

Wait, you may ask, what is a tube challenge? In short it’s a challenge to visit all 270 tube stations of the London Underground network and for this challenge visiting means crossing the ticket barrier, not just standing on the platforms or passing by on a train.

The challenge comes in three different settings, where #1 is the easiest, it includes all stations you have visited before in your lifetime. For me that’s 117 stations so far, including virtually every station in Central London Continue reading Tube challenge tour