As it was a nice day outside, Pete’s Mum and I decided to meet Pete for lunch at Borough Market. I loved the market atmosphere, I also loved all the different samples and I was sad that I couldn’t have 4 different meals. Despite the difficulty in deciding what to eat, my running favourite had been the Halloumi sandwich near and entrance from London bridge*.
*I’m not sure if it’s still there – I didn’t see it the last time I went. That’s part of the brilliance of the market – my previous favourite had been an Italian inspired salad from a stand that is also not there anymore.
RIDING THE TUBE WITH A PRAM:
To get down to London Bridge Station we decided to take the tube. This would be Daniel’s first ride on the it – a big moment. Pete’s Mum helped me on the stairs. Since we were going mid-day, the experience wasn’t too bad. Had the carriage been any busier I think the pram would have irritated some of the other passengers.
Even going at an off-peak time, I was surprised that at some of the busier stops I felt as though I was being pushed away from the pram. The expectation of the other passengers seemed to be that I would move further inside the train. While I am used to being jostled while on the tube, I was not about to leave my two-week old son alone by the door. I pressed myself into the handle of the pram and held my ground.
The escalators going up at London Bridge Station were easy to navigate; I just pushed the pram on until it stops and lifted the handles to keep Daniel flat. Going down on the escalators was a bit trickier, though much the same – except you enter the escalator backwards, have a firm grip of the handle, keep the pram flat, and at an available opportunity, push the pram towards the stair riser in front of you (i.e. once the escalator stops being a flat surface and re-configures into stairs press the front wheels against the stair in front of you). Take extra care with your footing while getting off the escalator – you don’t want to be run-over by the pram.
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