Monday, 18 October 2010

Commuting My Way to Sanity

When I went for my interview for my current job, I came out of the building and told my Mum on the phone that the company was amazing, but there was no way I could do that journey every day.

Two hours from door-to-door: two trains, a 40 minute walk at one side and a 20 minute walk at the other. I won't even mention the cost.

When I was offered the job, I was torn. I so wanted a job in publishing and to stay in York (ie. not move to Oxford/Cambridge, as amazing as that opportunity would have been), but I just couldn't see how it would be possible to do 4 hours of commuting every day, as well as 8 hours working, and stay sane.

Two months later, I am managing, and this is how I do it:

After four weeks of working and commuting, no matter how hard the day has been, and no matter how much toil the 5:15am starts are taking, I arrive home filled with absolute joy at the world. The colours along my path home are incredible right now, and my journey happens to coincide with the perfect light setting, displaying the autumn at its most aesthetic.

This sets me off into delerium, enough to push me to change straight into my running gear and head back out again, or to wash up, or to do the laundry. Autumn seems to put me at my optimum level of happiness and usefulness; let's see what winter brings...


  1. You have the loveliest views on your way home! I can only imagine how awful the commute is, but at least you have quite the view.

  2. Gorgeous photos. I bet some people who commute don't even look at their surroundings. My work changed a few years ago from a half hour walk to 2 15 minute bus jounreys with a 10 minute break in between. Nothing so pretty to look at, but G bought me an MP3 and gave me the advice 'just go with it and make use of the time to read'.Good avice and that's what I do most of the time.
    Lisa x

  3. You don't want me to list all the wonderful reasons you should move to Cambridge then?... ;)

  4. So it's almost like you get to unwind and think about things while you come home. That is such magnificent scenery!

  5. found your blog from rachel's...

    are you allowed to bring a bicycle on the train? it would shorten the walk quite a bit, no?

  6. Beautiful views but WOW that's a lot of walking! Good for you though, it's lovely to settle into a daily routine that just feels right. Hope you enjoy another beautiful autumn day today.

  7. Just found your blog from Suburban Yogini's. I thought MY commute each day was bad (one hour on an awful train each way)! But you have such amazing things to look at on the way. My tip would be to have an MP3 player and download audio books to make the journey go quicker. That way, you'd still be able to enjoy the view!

    Sara at

  8. Oh I love York. And I miss it! I studied there and sometimes I yearn for a walk around the walls or a stroll along the river. So beautiful!